Pronator? Supinator?

When was the last time you thought about how you stand on your feet?  If you think about it, you probably know that you want to center your weight between the ball of your foot and your heel, and stand with equal weight on both feet.  In reality, we rarely think about how we stand or how our feet hit the ground when we walk.

However, the repetitive strain of walking and standing can make a small problem into a major source of pain.  Pronation, when our feet fall inward flattening the arch, can cause plantar fasciitis, shin splints, or other aches and pains up through the knee and/or hip.  Supination, when the feet fall outward causing an excessively high arch, is less common, but can also result in ankle, knee or hip pain. Understanding the way our feet move is helpful in assessing weaknesses in our muscles that can exacerbate the problem.  Strengthening ankles, calves, and hips are all excellent ways to help support the foot and ankle.
Pronation and supination are normal movements that our feet move through with each step we take.  If you have excessive pronation or supination, custom made orthotics can help correct these dysfunctions. Before getting orthotics, you may be able to correct pronation or supination with some regular exercises to strengthen and / or stretch the area.  To learn more about how orthotics work with the foot, check out this video.

L A R Physical Therapy offers orthotics fittings, so we can help you find the right solution. If you have questions, or would like an appointment, please call 410.381.1574 or email to schedule.

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