Pronation can be a major cause of foot pain. Pronation describes a slight inward rolling motion the foot makes during a normal walking or running stride. The foot (and ankle) roles slightly inward to accommodate movement. Some people, however, over-pronate and roll more than normal. With over-pronation, the arch of the foot flattens and causes excessive stress and pressure on the soft tissues of the foot. Over-pronation is more common in those with flat feet, and can lead to foot aches and pain, such as plantar fascitis, shin splints and knee pain. A properly fitted orthotic can help correct over pronation allowing proper foot function and relief of pain.
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