The Importance of Proper Pronation

Monday, 11 June 2018 00:00

Pronation is defined as “the inward movement of the foot as it rolls to optimally distribute the force of impact on the ground as you run.” (Runner’s World). Pronation is essential in the shock absorption process, because it helps you push off the ball of your foot at the end of your gait cycle. When overpronation occurs, the shock absorption process isn’t performed correctly. Overpronation causes the muscles and tendons in the foot to undergo an excess amount of stress; this may lead to injuries such as plantar fasciitis, achilles tendonitis, and bunions. Nevertheless, underpronation can also occur while running. Underpronation may result in your running shoes wearing out quicker than usual. This problem tends to occur in those who have high arches in their feet or tight achilles tendons.

All runners should take extra precaution when trying to avoid injury. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Kellvan Cheng of Elite Foot & Ankle. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

There are a lot of mistakes a runner can make prior to a workout that can induce injury. A lot of athletes tend to overstretch before running, instead of saving those workouts for a post-run routine. Deep lunges and hand-to-toe hamstring pulls should be performed after a workout instead of during a warmup. Another common mistake is jumping into an intense routine before your body is physically prepared for it. You should try to ease your way into long-distance running instead of forcing yourself to rush into it.

More Tips for Preventing Injury

  • Incorporate Strength Training Into Workouts - This will help improve the body’s overall athleticism
  • Improve and Maintain Your Flexibility – Stretching everyday will help improve overall performance
  • “Warm Up” Before Running and “Cool Down” Afterward – A warm up of 5-10 minutes helps get rid of lactic acid in the muscles and prevents delayed muscle soreness
  • Cross-Training is Crucial
  • Wear Proper Running Shoes
  • Have a Formal Gait Analysis – Poor biomechanics can easily cause injury

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in North Dallas, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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