The symptom of overpronation, also called flat feet, is the collapse of arches during weight-bearing activities that result in:
- ankles that are prone to easy sprains,
- excessive torsion at the knees
- hips and pelvis that become incapable of symmetrical function.
Pronation is the natural movement that occurs when our ankles roll inward and the soles of our feet face outwards.
Symptoms can occur at any point within the kinetic chain as the result of specific activities, overuse, or repetitive strain from normal activities.
By the time an individual is aware of overpronation, a cascade of musculoskeletal dysfunction will have affected the entire kinetic chain.
What causes overpronation?
Overpronation is caused by poor or maladapted neuromuscular function that has been conditioned by footwear use.
Many consider overpronation to be the cause of most foot-related issues. Some healthcare professionals even believe that overpronation is a permanent condition.
In most cases, overpronation is neither genetic nor permanent.