Pronation is a foot condition also known as “fallen arches” or “flat feet”. When the foot is flat, it’s less shock-absorbent, which makes it a less stable base for your entire body. A pronated foot may not look like a severe condition – but it can have serious impacts on the bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons across your entire body.
Pronation can shift your entire body out of alignment. It can also cause aches and pains in your feet, knees, hips, neck, and spine. Many patients with pronated feet experience injuries and problems like shin splints, Achilles tendinitis, and plantar fasciitis. Meanwhile, women with flat feet are 50% more likely to have lower back pain.
Pronated feet are not a rare condition: approximately one third of people suffer from flat or pronated feet.
What Causes Pronation?
Your foot is a complicated part of the body. The strength of your foot depends heavily on connective tissue called the plantar fascia on the underside of your foot. This tissue is critical to maintaining the foot’s healthy arched shape.
Some people are born with flat, pronated feet. Most people, however, develop pronated feet over time. Injuries and certain health conditions can cause the fascia to stretch out and flatten. Sometimes, everyday stressors like walking and standing can weaken the connective tissue over time, eventually leading to pronated feet.
How a Chiropractor Can Help
Dr. Jumper and the team at Renew Chiropractic specialize in correcting pronated feet. Chiropractors specialize in providing custom orthotics – insoles that slip into your shoes to correct pronation. Chiropractors can also correct any postural changes that occurred due to your pronation. Other chiropractor services include:
- Adjusting extremities to ensure proper positioning of bones and joints
- Providing functional orthotics in every pair of shoes for pronation control, support, and comfort
- Use of the FootWheel for DIY foot therapy, helping to stretch and strengthen the bottom of your feet
Schedule a free consultation with Dr. Jumper and the team at Renew Chiropractic today to discover how we can relieve symptoms of foot pronation. Call 720-493-5885 to schedule your free consultation.