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Over pronation and flat feet


There are a large variety of terms used to describe over pronation

  • Flat feet
  • Feet rolling in
  • Overpronation
  • Fallen arches
  • Weak ankles
Ultimately they are all generic terms for feet that tend to take weight more towards the inside part of the foot. The important point from this is that it can have an impact on how the foot can function when either weight bearing, walking, running or other acivities.

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Feet "rolling in" or

Over pronation

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What does a "flat" foot look like?

In general the first clue is to look at the arch profile on the inside (medial) of the foot. In this foot type it normally looks lower than most other feet.

This is usually directly related to the fact that the foot rolls or weight bears to the inside of the foot, causing it to sag in the middle.

There are a number of reasons why this may happen. If you have a foot of this type and suffer from pain in either your feet, ankles, shins, knees and even hip or back. The it is advisable to seek the advice of a professional by undertaking a biomechanical assessment to understand whether your foot position is contributing to your pain. The Treatment Hub biomechanics and orthotics clinics see this condition regulalrly and can give you a number of options to help you manage the symptoms of over pronatio or flat feet

How can I manage my flat feet or over pronation?

The key before you know how to manage flat feet or over pronation is to have an understanding as to why this may be happening. The route cause of the over pronation or flat feet has a siginificant bearing on how you may treat the symptms you may have. Some examples of why you may over pronate is given below.

  • Tight achilles tendon
  • Hypermobility
  • Weakness (usually in posterior tibial tendon)
  • Leg length discrepency (one leg longer than the other)
  • Other factors e.g. congenital abnormality or hereditary
Once it is established as to why the issue presents it is from here that any treatment plane can be formed by our expert biomechanics Podiatrists and Orthotists. Standardly though, orthotics or insoles are used to control the foot postute coupled wih strengthening or stretching exercises depending on the route cause.

Given the above, it is important that a correct differential diagnosis is made by a qualified Podiatrist ort Orthotist via a biomechanical assessment before commencing treatment.

If you would like to find out more information on the biomechanics and orthotics services we provide in Glasgow and Hamilton, please click on the links for orthotics and biomechanical assessments.

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