Is overpronation bad?*

Yes, it is. Despite the rhetoric and propaganda, it is a problem for runners but not a big problem.

Overpronation is a foot condition where the foot rolls inward excessively while walking or running, leading to an excessive flattening of the arch. Pronation is a natural movement of the foot that occurs when the foot strikes the ground and the arch flattens to absorb shock. However, excessive pronation can put stress on the foot and lower leg, and may cause pain or injury over time.

Overpronation can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetic factors, certain medical conditions, or wearing shoes that don’t provide enough support or stability. People who have flat feet or low arches may also be more prone to overpronation.

Symptoms of overpronation may include foot or ankle pain, knee pain, shin splints, and plantar fasciitis, which is a painful condition that affects the heel and arch of the foot.

Treatment for overpronation may include wearing shoes with good arch support and stability, using orthotic inserts to provide additional support, and performing exercises to strengthen the muscles of the foot and lower leg. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to correct structural problems in the foot. A podiatrist or other healthcare provider can provide advice and treatment options for overpronation.

Resources on is overpronation bad?

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*This topic is not exactly mainstream skepticism, but sorry about that. I am a runner and this is an issue in the running and sports medicine communities.

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