Definition of Over-Pronation: also known as flat feet, over-pronation happens when a person’s arches of their feet collapse each time they walk. This can lead to conditions such as Plantar Fasciitis, where small tears in the plantar fascia muscle occur, causing chronic pain and discomfort. The longer you allow your aches to collapse, the more the plantar fascia will become inflamed and cause pain, possibly leading to other foot related problems. In other words, over-pronation is not a good thing.
Causes of Over-Pronation (Flat Feet): genetics, obesity, pregnancy, constantly walking on hard surfaces and a variety of other factors can lead to the development of flat feet.
Treatment: Luckily, over-pronation can be treated. The easiest way is though the use of over-the-counter orthotics. These can be placed inside your shoes and range from full length to 3/4 length that can be moved from shoe to shoe. Orthotics provide the much needed support that flat feet lack. Although they take some getting used to, orthotics will prevent the tearing and inflammation of the plantar fascia thus alleviating pain. Orthotics also ensure that your foot is aligned properly.