One of the most common causes of foot and leg discomfort is a condition known as over pronation or excessive pronation. Normal pronation, or "turning inward" of the foot is necessary as the foot adapts to the ground. With over pronation, the arch flattens, collapses, and soft tissues stretch. This causes the joint surfaces to function at unnatural angles to each other. When this happens, joints that should be stable now become very loose and flexible.

At first, over pronation may cause fatigue. As the problem gets worse, strain on the muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the foot and lower leg can cause permanent problems and deformities.

Appearance of OverPronation

  • When standing, your heels lean inward.
  • When standing, one or both of your knee caps turn inward.
  • Conditions such as a flat feet or bunions may occur.
  • You develop knee ankle or foot pain when you are active or involved in athletics.
  • The knee pain slowly goes away when you rest.
  • You abnormally wear out the soles and heels of your shoes very quickly.

Signs and Symptoms of OverPronation

Symptoms can manifest in many different ways. The associated conditions can depend on the individual lifestyle of each patient.

Here is a list of some of the conditions associated with Over Pronation:

  • Bunions (Hallux Abducto Valgus)
  • Stiff big toe ( Hallux Rigidus)
  • Pain and Arthritis in the 1st toe.
  • Heel or Arch Pain (plantar Facsitus)
  • Metatarsalgia (ball of the foot pain)
  • Repeated Ankle Sprains
  • Shin Splints (pain in your shins with excersize)
  • Achilles Tendonitis (painful tendon at the back of your heel
  • Osteochondrosis
  • Knee Pain
  • Corns & Calluses
  • Flat Feet
  • Hammer Toes


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