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How to Tell Your Pronation Style

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Your pronation styleIf you live in the Richardson, TX community and are interested in training with fellow runners, you have a couple of different options regarding organizations that are committed to running. Depending on where you live and your willingness to travel to meet up with fellow runners, you should consider checking out the Dallas Running Club (DRC) or the Plano Pacers. These groups offer the opportunity to learn from fellow runners, find extra motivation, and develop friendships. You may even learn a little bit about the various pronation styles.

Pronation is a natural process the foot goes through during the course of a step. It is an inwards rolling motion that begins with the heel strike and continues until the final push off of the toes. This biomechanical process is used to distribute the tremendous force that comes with taking a step and to adapt to uneven terrain.

Not everyone pronates the same way, though. There are essentially three different pronation styles. In a normal pattern, the foot rotates approximately 15 percent during the step. Overpronation is excessive rolling, whereas supination means the foot doesn’t roll enough.

To identify your pronation style, there are a couple of different approaches you might use:

  • Perform an Arch Analysis – The different styles are associated with arch structure. Those who have moderate arches employ a neutral pronation. Individuals with flat feet are likely to overpronate, and those with high, rigid arches will likely underpronate.
  • Examine Your Shoes – The wear patterns of shoes can indicate pronation styles. An even wear indicates a neutral style. Overpronation leads to excessive wear on the inside edges. Supination causes extra wear on the outside edges.
  • Have a Gait Analysis Performed – Gait analysis is a service where your biomechanical processes for walking or running are observed by a podiatrist.

There are obviously other ways to identify your pronation style, but a gait analysis at our Richardson, TX office will provide a definitive answer. Whether you would like more information on pronation or gait styles, or you are currently living with foot or ankle pain, contact us today. We can answer your questions, diagnosis issues, and create an effective treatment plan for you. Call Richardson Podiatry Associates at (972) 690-5374 or use our online form to request your appointment.

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