Let’s discuss about a problem you may or may not realize you have that can lead to pain in your future. It’s a very common injury about 75% of americans experience foot health problems at one point in their lives. To look at them you wouldn’t know it, each foot has 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments and 19 muscles. The injury is called over-pronation of the feet.
In normal walking or running the first part of the foot to strike the ground is usually the heel. As a person’s body weight is transferred to the middle of the foot, the arch of the foot will naturally flatten out a small amount. This flattening is called pronation. If your foot flattens more than is normal, it is called over-pronation.
This can cause many problems, such as Achilles tendonitis and heel pain, I have written about one of them plantar fasciitis and can contribute to knee problems.
Some reasons it occurs, looseness in the ligaments or tendons that attach to your foot bones, if you have flat feet. The most likely reason for this type of problem is a result from injuries, excessive stress and pressure on the soft tissue of the foot, read about lower cross syndrome. Lastly, your guessed it overuse. A good video example so you can visualize what happens to your foot when you over-pronate, check out runnersworld.com
So how do you know you have this problem and who diagnoses it? Your first clue, your feet constantly ache, you could feel pain in your arch, heel, shin, ankle, knee, hip, or even your back. Your doctor can confirm it by examining your feet and watching you walk. He or she will notice the motion of your feet when they strike the ground isn’t normal. Another way to tell is your running shoes or shoes may show an abnormal pattern of wear and tear.
Treatment and Preventing it. Your physician will most likely prescribe custom-made arch supports called orthotics. These are usually made by making a mold of your feet and can be in my opinion costly. So what should you do to prevent future pain and injury? Being aware of your body, how you move, run, walk etc… exercise, yoga and massage therapy, overall keeping fit and healthy.
How does massage therapy help over-pronation? By addressing underlying problem correction, assessing and fixing biomechanical flaws of the muscles of the calves, feet and whole body. Read more about Neuro Muscular Therapy, I like to say it’s the natural or organic approach to your condition.
Who suffers? Runners, Walkers, Football players, cashiers, hairdressers, postal workers, factory workers, nurses
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