Pronation and Supination Can Lead to Discomfort

Have you ever heard the words pronation and supination? These terms refer to the inward and outward movements of the foot and ankle when walking or running. Pronation is the foot’s inward roll as it makes contact with the ground. Supination is the opposite: the outward roll that occurs when you lift your foot to take a step. Pronation and supination enable the feet and ankles to absorb the force of every step and are necessary for pain-free movement, but too much can lead to discomfort.

There are numerous reasons for overpronation and oversupination, including family history, foot anatomy (people with flat feet are more likely to over pronate than people with high arches), and excess weight. Footwear choices might increase overpronation or oversupination, but your shoes won’t cause it. People who overpronate or oversupinate are more likely to suffer from other foot conditions such as tendinitis.

If you’re experiencing discomfort while standing or walking, you should schedule a visit with a podiatrist like Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos right away. With years of specialized training and experience, your foot doctor is the best-qualified medical professional to diagnose and treat the source of your pain. If your doctor determines that you are experiencing an issue related to pronation or supination, they will work with you to correct the problem.

One common approach to overpronation and oversupination is the prescription of orthotics. Your doctor will begin by creating a mold of your foot, often with the aid of a computer-assisted foot scan. They will then create a pair of custom shoe inserts made just for you.

Are you living with foot pain, or do you have another concern about the health and wellness of your feet, ankles, or lower legs? Schedule a visit in the modern, comfortable My Chicago Foot Expert office. Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM will examine your feet, arrive at a specific and accurate diagnosis, and then work with you to create an individualized and effective plan for treatment and ongoing care. Call our friendly staff at (773) 561-8100 or click here to get started today.

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Stavros Alexopoulos One of Chicago’s top podiatrists, Stavros Alexopoulos, DPM, treats routine to complex foot and ankle issues. Dr. Alexopoulos is currently accepting new patients at My Chicago Foot Expert located near Ravenswood, North Park, and Jefferson Park.

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