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Causes of Overpronation

Overpronation can interfere with optimal foot health and contribute to plantar fasciitis, shin splints, and knee pain. Foot pronation and supination are natural movements that are necessary for proper gait. However, excessive pronation, characterized by prolonged inward rolling of the foot, can lead to biomechanical imbalances. One common cause of overpronation is a lack of normal ankle range of motion. When the ankle fails to bend the foot upward properly, it restricts the forward motion of the body's center of mass over the foot. This often leads to changes in gait that may lead to overpronation. A podiatrist can identify biomechanical issues contributing to overpronation and recommend personalized treatment options, such as custom orthotics to correct foot alignment and improve overall function. To address overpronation issues effectively, it is suggested that you ask a podiatrist for a thorough exam, which may include a gait analysis. A diagnosis and treatment suggestions will follow.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Scott Amoss, DPM from Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists. our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a particular sector of specialty podiatry with licensed practitioners who are trained to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics deals with the forces that act against the body, causing an interference with the biological structures. It focuses on the movement of the ankle, the foot and the forces that interact with them.

A History of Biomechanics

  • Biomechanics dates back to the BC era in Egypt where evidence of professional foot care has been recorded.
  • In 1974, biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, corrections or conditions could be implemented to gain strength and coordination in the area.

Modern technological improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes that provide a better understanding of podiatric concepts for biomechanics. Computers can provide accurate information about the forces and patterns of the feet and lower legs.

Understanding biomechanics of the feet can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Whiting and Toms River, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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