One of the reasons to purchase a pair of orthotics is to raise and support the arches. It realigns the feet & ankles, and it attempts to restore the function of the feet. It also redistributes your weight more evenly over the broadness of your foot and can relieve the pressure in painful areas.
WHAT IS PRONATION?
Pronation is a natural part of walking and running that allows your body to absorb the shock of contact with the ground. As your foot hits the ground, it turns or rotates so that the outer edge of the sole bears the body’s weight.
WHAT IS OVERPRONATION?
Sometimes, your foot rolls too far inward and this is an overpronation. Through a series of chain reactions, overpronation causes many types of pain in your lower body because the foot is unable to adequately absorb the shock of impact, that is then passed on to your legs, knees, hips and even your spine. It also forces your toes to do all the work of pushing off for your next step, leading to plantar fasciitis, bunions and calluses.
WHAT CAUSES OVERPRONATION?
An imbalance in the musculoskeletal system can lead to heel pain all the way through to the hip and upper spine. Often, we do not consider that the cause of lower back pain could actually be traced to overpronation. Almost 70% of Americans suffer from overpronation. One of the reasons is that we walk daily over hard, flat surfaces as opposed to rugged and varied terrain compared to past generations.
LEADING FACTORS THAT CONTIBUTE TO OVERPRONATION
*Tendinitis *Arthritis *Obesity *Aging *Genetics *Lifestyle changes
WEARING IN YOUR ORTHOTICS
It may take some time getting use to wearing corrective orthotics. Orthotics will change the way we use our muscles and sometimes activate muscles we haven’t used in while, so leg fatigue and muscle tiredness is quite normal.