Foot Misalignment and Pronation Can Injure Your Joints

Below images illustrate that two of common foot alignments and pronation issues and I will be sharing details information’s of and the illustration shows the many areas of the body affected by overpronation. By only supporting the feet correctly overall body alignment can be improved, alleviating pain and helping the body heal itself.

Foot Pronation Can Cause Joints to Hurt
  • What is Neutral and Pronation?
  • Who overpronates?
  • Pronation unhealthy
  • How do I tell if you overpronate?
  • Why should you care about overpronation?
  • Why should you care about overpronation?

Foundation is for your entire body. When this foundation is misaligned or functioning poorly, the effects can be felt throughout the body, whether in muscle and joint pain or through more severe injuries. So many of the population suffers from overpronation or excessive supination, yet most of us are unaware of our foot type and how it affects the rest of our body.


Neutral refers to proper alignment in the feet and ankles in which the feet and ankles form a straight line. The feet form a stable platform with pressure distributed evenly across the heel and forefoot.

What is a neutral gait?

Gait refers to the way we walk or run. A neutral gait refers to efficient biomechanics in which the feet, legs, and body work as they should. For the feet, this means they pronate to absorb shock as the foot strikes the ground, then supinate to form a rigid lever for even push-off. The pronation and supination occur appropriately during the gait cycle and do not occur excessively.


Pronation is a natural way that our feet absorb shock: when our feet strike the ground, the arches flex down and in to disperse the impact.

Is pronation unhealthy?

Everyone pronates! Contrary to popular misconception it is healthy and normal. The problem begins when one or both of our feet pronate too much. When the arches flex too far inward or stay collapsed for too long pronation is considered excessive. We call this over pronation

Who overpronates?

Overpronation is by far the most common foot type. Pronation is not linked one-to-one with low
arches. Although pronation lowers the arches, this does not mean that only those with low arches overpronate. People with high arches can also overpronate! Some of us have always overpronated, for others, overpronation develops with age, weight gain, regular standing work or intensive exercise.

How do I tell if I overpronate?

Pronounced wear on the instep side of shoe heels can indicate overpronation; however, it’s best to get an accurate assessment. Footbalance retailers offer a free foot analysis to check for overpronation and help you learn more about your feet.

Why should I care about overpronation?

Overpronation can negatively affect overall body alignment. The lowering of the longitudinal arch pulls the heel bone in, causing the leg, thigh bone, and hip to rotate inwards, and an anterior tilt of the pelvis. Unnecessary strain to the ankles, knees, hips and back can result.

Plantar fasciitis and inflammation, metatarsal pain, problems with the Achilles tendon, pain on the inside of the knee, and bursitis in the hip are just some of the conditions commonly associated with pronation.

What can I do about overpronation?

Custom orthotics to be a great help for overpronation. Foot balance custom molded insoles offer you the benefits of custom orthotics at an affordable price. Our insoles adequately support your feet in the neutral position to aid in a balanced stance and facilitate healthy foot function. A patented core helps strengthen foot muscles and arches to prevent a worsening of your overpronation.

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By | 2017-05-15T21:48:27+00:00 May 13th, 2017|Articles|0 Comments

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Geeny Hanjunko
I’ve studied Exercise Science for 20 years and I make sure my clients understand the fundamentals of lifting so they can properly activate their muscles to ensure optimal gains.

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