Overpronation: What it is and how to treat it

Do you suffer from sore feet while walking or running? If so, you may be suffering from overpronation, a common problem among runners and other athletes, as well as people who stand or walk a lot while working. In this article you will learn what exactly it is, what causes it and how to treat it.



Overpronation can be a painful and annoying condition, but fortunately there are several ways to treat and prevent it. Wearing proper shoes, using orthotics and doing specific exercises can all help reduce symptoms. If you suspect you are suffering from symptoms due to improper foot position, do not hesitate to seek medical attention. A podiatrist or orthopedic specialist can help determine the best treatment options for your particular situation.


Can overpronation lead to injury?


Yes, improper foot position can lead to pain and injury in the feet, knees, ankles, hips and back.


Is overpronation hereditary?


Some people naturally have a higher degree of overpronation, and it can be hereditary in some cases. However, it is also possible to develop this from certain activities, such as running or walking, and from wearing shoes without proper support.


What exercises can help with overpronation?


There are several exercises that can help, including:

  • Strengthening the muscles around the arch of the foot by performing exercises such as picking up objects with your toes.
  • Doing calf and Achilles tendon stretching exercises to improve the flexibility and mobility of the feet.
  • Performing specific gait and balance exercises to improve foot and ankle stability.

A podiatrist or physical therapist can help determine the best exercises for your specific situation.


Can overpronation lead to flat feet?


Although overpronation and flat feet are related, the two conditions are not the same. Overpronation refers to the foot rolling inward while walking, while flatfoot refers to a foot arch that is completely flat. However, the ailment can contribute to the development of flat feet.


How long does it take to treat overpronation?


The duration of treatment for overpronation depends on the severity of symptoms and the treatment options chosen. It may take several weeks to several months for the symptoms to completely disappear. It is important to be patient and stay consistent with treatment to get the best results.


Can wearing the wrong shoes contribute to overpronation?


Yes, wearing shoes without proper support can contribute to the development of overpronation. It is important to wear shoes that fit your specific foot type and activities.