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Causes and Treatment of Supination

Understanding supination, also called underpronation, is essential for maintaining foot health. Supination occurs when your weight rolls onto the outer edges of the feet during movement. It is often the result of inherited structural issues or muscle weakness. Unfortunately, excessive supination can lead to various problems, including back and hip pain, knee stress, ankle injuries, and plantar fasciitis. Supination can also cause tension in different parts of the body over time, increasing the risk of injuries. Seeking medical help from a podiatrist for a gait analysis is advisable if you suspect supination, or are experiencing unexplained lower body pain. Treatment typically involves corrective measures to address foot alignment and prevent future injuries. This may include selecting appropriate footwear with extra cushioning and room in the toes, using custom-made orthotic insoles, and performing strength and stretching exercises as suggested by a podiatrist. Proper care and intervention can alleviate discomfort and prevent complications associated with supination, ensuring optimal mobility and well-being. If you believe you have pain that results from supination, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Centers for Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a particular sector of specialty podiatry with licensed practitioners who are trained to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics deals with the forces that act against the body, causing an interference with the biological structures. It focuses on the movement of the ankle, the foot and the forces that interact with them.

A History of Biomechanics

  • Biomechanics dates back to the BC era in Egypt where evidence of professional foot care has been recorded.
  • In 1974, biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, corrections or conditions could be implemented to gain strength and coordination in the area.

Modern technological improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes that provide a better understanding of podiatric concepts for biomechanics. Computers can provide accurate information about the forces and patterns of the feet and lower legs.

Understanding biomechanics of the feet can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Merrillville, Portage, Michigan City/LaPorte, and Schererville, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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