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Can Overpronation Be Corrected?

Tuesday, 05 December 2023 00:00

Overpronation, a common foot condition involving excessive inward rolling, requires careful attention to alleviate symptoms and prevent complications. The primary approach to overpronation involves adopting supportive footwear, which may include specialized shoes to minimize excessive movement and provide stability in the heel and midfoot. For those with moderate to severe overpronation, custom orthotics, tailored to the individual's foot shape, provide personalized assistance in reducing overpronation. Targeted exercises are believed to help in correcting overpronation. The short-foot exercise, involving lifting the arch of the foot off the ground, is particularly beneficial in addressing overpronation. In rare cases of severe overpronation, surgical intervention may be necessary. Reconstruction surgery aims to realign bones, providing better arch support, and may involve the use of stabilizing metal implants. If overpronation affects your well-being, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a gait analysis, examination, and a treatment plan targeted to your particular condition.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Glenn Davison, DPM from Advanced Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a particular sector of specialty podiatry with licensed practitioners who are trained to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics deals with the forces that act against the body, causing an interference with the biological structures. It focuses on the movement of the ankle, the foot and the forces that interact with them.

A History of Biomechanics

  • Biomechanics dates back to the BC era in Egypt where evidence of professional foot care has been recorded.
  • In 1974, biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, corrections or conditions could be implemented to gain strength and coordination in the area.

Modern technological improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes that provide a better understanding of podiatric concepts for biomechanics. Computers can provide accurate information about the forces and patterns of the feet and lower legs.

Understanding biomechanics of the feet can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Union, NJ and New York . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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