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How Supination Can Affect Your Health

Tuesday, 18 April 2023 00:00

The way you walk can affect the health of your feet and other parts of the body. If your foot rolls outward when you walk it puts extra pressure on the outside of the feet. This action is termed supination, and it can induce pain as well as increase the chance of injury. Supination is thought to be caused by having a high arch and can be worsened if your footwear does not offer the proper support. Pain from supination can be felt in the feet, ankles, knees, hips, and lower back. It also increases the chances of sprains, strains, and shin splints. It has been found that certain orthotics can help to overcome this gait abnormality.  Features that can help reduce the pain include arch support to keep the foot from rolling outward, a deep heel cup to help stabilize the heel, and extra cushioning for the foot. It is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can examine your feet and create custom orthotics that will help counteract the problems of supination.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Jed Wells, DPM from Jed Wells, DPM Foot Specialist. Our doctor 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 our offices located in Corpus Christi, and Laredo, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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