For many, their feet are just those things that are between the ankles and the ground. Yet that positioning makes your feet two of the most important structures in the body. The way your feet move is also vital to how you walk and run. But there aren’t many people who think much about how their feet move until their feet start to hurt.
Pronate, supinate, heel strike, forefoot strike, midfoot strike. There are plenty of terms experts use to describe foot positioning and movement, but pronate and the opposite of pronate, supinate, are two of the most important. Fortunately, custom orthotics can help address pronation and supination.
What do pronate and the opposite of pronate mean?
People whose feet pronate when they walk have a very specific way that their feet move. Their heel is the first part of their foot to strike the ground, typically on its outer edge. This is what heel striking is. Then, their ankle and foot roll inward excessively.
Those whose feet do the opposite of pronate when they walk are said to underpronate. This is also known as supination. Essentially, supinating when you walk is the opposite of pronation. Typically, people who supinate have feet that roll outward as they strike and then lift off the ground.
Both pronation and supination can lead to painful foot issues, and one way you can address both of these problems is with custom orthotic inserts for your shoes.
How can custom orthotics help address pronation and supination?
Custom orthotics aren’t some off-the-shelf shoe inserts. They’re individually crafted masterpieces that are created by experts known as certified pedorthists. These professionals are specifically trained to build orthotic insoles that fit a specific person’s needs. How can the custom orthotics they create help people who pronate or do the opposite of pronate when they walk? Here are a few ways:
- Increasing heel stability — Custom orthotics can include a specially designed heel piece that can help improve stability. This is commonly known as a heel cup. This added stability can help minimize abnormal foot movement when you walk or run.
- Conforming to your feet — Store-bought insoles are typically flat or very close to it. They can provide some extra padding, but they can’t conform to every curve of your foot the way a custom orthotic can. After all, custom orthotics are created using special molds that allow pedorthists to see, measure and replicate orthotics that match your foot’s every curve.
- Adding more padding where you need it — Pedorthists can also evaluate how you walk. This allows them to see if you pronate or do the opposite of that when you move. Using this information, pedorthists can build you a custom orthotic that puts extra support right where your feet need it most.
Biocorrect is ready to help people with pronation and supination
Do you pronate or do the opposite of pronate when you walk? Our team at Biocorrect is primed to help you address these abnormalities in foot movement. We can do a comprehensive gait evaluation to see exactly how your legs and feet move. Then, our certified pedorthists can take a foam mold of your feet and use it to create orthotics that are truly customized to you. We even offer an at-home molding kit for those who can’t physically come in to see us.