What is Foot Pronation?
This is where the foot
flattens and the weight collapses inward or toward the midline of the
body. Just look at these flat feet!
It is a very common musculoskeletal deviation in the body and cause chronic pain all the way up the skeleton.
Pronating the feet can irritate the plantar fascia on the bottom of the foot causing fasciitis.
Over time this imbalance in the body can cause overuse and pain in the ankles, knees, hips, and even up in the back.
Pronation refers to the inward roll of the foot during normal motion and occurs as the outer edge of the heel as it strikes the ground and the foot rolls inward and flattens out.
A moderate amount of pronation is required for the foot to function properly, however damage and injury can occur during excessive pronation.
When excessive pronation does occur the foot arch flattens out and stretches the muscles, tendons and ligaments underneath the foot.
The lower leg turns inward putting the knee and hip out of alignment causing the back to be rotated. Ouch!
Standing or sitting roll the bottom of your foot over a spiky reflexology ball or a golf ball. Roll it back and forth and over any sore spots for up to 2 minutes each day.
Use a softer ball like a tennis ball if you have very sore feet. You should feel slight discomfort only when doing these foot stretches.
Helps to correct pronation and supination problems with the feet and strengthen the ankles to support these imbalances.
For Foot Supination: Place ball or pillow between feet and invert or squeeze the ball between your feet, hold for 2 seconds and relax, repeat for 10 repetitions.
Pronated Feet Exercises:
Place a ball or pillow on the outside of the foot against a wall or solid object and evert or press the foot outward into the ball to strengthen the lateral side of the foot and ankle. Press on hold for 2 seconds and relax, repeat for 10 repetitions.
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