Pronation is a natural movement of the feet where they roll inward as we walk or run. It plays an important role in movement because it absorbs shock as the heels hit the ground when we take a step. Feet can, however, overpronate. This is when the feet roll inward farther than normal. An overpronator does not efficiently absorb shock when the heels hit the ground, and this brings pain to different parts of the body, including the neck and back. People with flat feet or low-arched feet often
overpronate or hyperpronate.
Because of this, it is difficult for the feet and ankles to stabilize the body and this causes various injuries, especially for runners. Overpronated feet can cause Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, bunions, shin splints, knee or hip discomfort, and as mentioned, neck and back pain. When the feet roll inward excessively, it is the front of the feet that do all the work. This causes an abnormal gait and puts stress on the other areas of the body.
Wear the Correct Shoes
Buying the right shoes is one of the best solutions to prevent problems caused by overpronated feet. The best shoes for people with overpronated feet are high-stability or motion control shoes. The midsoles should be firm. In addition the shoes ought to have good control features such as the ability to minimize excessive pronation. It is not recommended to wear highly cushioned or curved shoes as they do not offer the same support.
Getting custom orthotics is also an option to prevent neck and back problems. Orthotics, also known as shoe inserts or orthoses, serve as a support in order to keep the gait stable and to correct foot posture. Orthotics can help decrease excessive pronation of the feet, which will gradually minimise neck and back pain. There are orthotics that can be bought over the counter but seeing a foot specialist is recommended as they can detect the problem and prescribe the correct orthotic appropriate for the patient.
See a Specialist
Podiatrists, orthopaedic consultants, or sports medicine doctors can help determine the real cause of pain, whether it is caused by overpronation or not. They will recommend the appropriate type of shoes and prescribe orthotics.
Seeing a chiropractor is also suggested. A chiropractic doctor can help relieve pain by using mobilization techniques to the feet in order to release the areas that cause the restricted motion. At the Back Doctor Chiropractic Clinic in Chester, we do not just prescribe orthotics; we first determine what kind of orthotics will benefit the patient. We offer manipulation techniques alongside a good exercise program which is vitally important when treating the problem.