Foot posture is important to consider with exercise! When our foot is in a good, solid position, it helps us get the most out of the exercises we are doing and more importantly keeps are muscles and joints working in a healthy way! So what might be considered an “unhealthy” foot posture?
Overpronation, when your arch collapses excessively towards the floor, can contribute to pain and injury in your lower extremity or even your low back!
We see overpronation occurring in exercises that involve squatting or running most often. The excessive arch collapse creates an increase in loads at the hip, knee and ankle joint that your muscles and joints must absorb. This leads to either early muscle fatigue or joint break down over time.
This biomechanical dysfunction can contribute to injuries such as:
- Patellofemoral pain
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Shin Splints
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Low Back Pain
- Medial Knee Pain
- IT Band Syndrome
Over-pronation may occur to muscle weakness, a lack of ankle mobility, or poor coordination of movement that just needs to be retrained.
For ankle mobility issues: Try this exercise
For foot weakness or coordination retraining: Try this exercise
Not sure what is causing your pain or your overpronation? Reach out to us for a full assessment and treatment plan!