The Over-Pronated Foot

     When looking in the mirror, if one of your shoulders is lower/higher than the other, sometimes this postural disturbance can be traced all the way down to an imbalance in the arches of the feet. This is called the Over-Pronated foot. An over-pronated foot is one that’s lost its arch. The arch of the foot acts as a shock absorber for each step. When the arch is gone, or has ‘fallen’, it makes it less stable and creates an unlevel, unbalanced foundation for everything above. Flat feet can cause problems all the way up the kinetic chain. In most cases, one arch is lower than the other causing an asymmetry that disrupts the balance of the other joints above, namely the knees, hips, lower back and even the level of the shoulders.

     Common conditions associated with over-pronated feet include foot pain, hip pain, low back pain, knee pain, plantar fasciitis and shin splints. The over-pronated foot also greatly contributes to degeneration of the knees, as the dropped arch causes uneven wear/tear on the medial knee joint. At Solutions, this is the reason we recommend custom orthotic shoe inserts as one of the first ‘steps’ involved in helping degenerative knee joints. We also recommend inserts to most of our chiropractic patients. Improving the arches in the feet with orthotics has great benefits for back pain patients who need a level base for their spine to heal properly.  

     At Solutions we dig for the cause of the problem! While traditional orthopedic methods tend to focus only on the one affected body part, we take the whole structure into account. This is why we include an orthotic foot study in our exams and recommend custom shoe inserts for patients whose chief complaints were knee pain or back pain, not foot pain. What matters most to us is results and we find patients who wear the orthotics get better, longer lasting results than those who don’t, in both regenerative medicine and chiropractic. If you have not started wearing custom orthotics or would like to get fitted for a new pair, contact us!

Author
Dr. Dan Levesque, DC Dr. Levesque has practiced chiropractic in Abingdon, VA for the last 25 years. After experiencing amazing success with regenerative medicine himself, he came to work for Solutions Integrated Medicine. He is highly committed to further studying this science for the purpose of helping more patients feel better, become healthier and avoid surgery.

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