Causes of Over-Pronation
Over-pronation happens when the foot rolls inward more than 15° after heel-strike to meet the ground. This inward roll may be a natural adaptation to abnormalities elsewhere in the body or it may develop in response to repetitive stress.
Over-pronation may be a foot issue that arises from another foot issue—flat feet. Because people with collapsed arches have more area of the foot in contact with the ground, weight often shifts to the medial (inside) side of the foot during the gait cycle.
However, over-pronation may be the result of anatomical issues further up the kinetic chain. Over-pronation may be caused by:
- Bowed legs
- Leg length discrepancies
- Muscle tightness or weakness, especially in the calves
Loose ligaments (i.e. generalized hypermobility) may also contribute to over-pronation as ligaments are not able to keep joints (especially the ankles) in proper alignment as impact is transferred from heel to toe.
Over-pronation may also develop in response to excessive impact. Impact may cause collapsed arches, which then shifts weight bearing to the inside of the foot. But even when natural arches remain intact, those who experience excessive stress forces—runners, overweight individuals and pregnant women—are much more likely to over-pronate.
Ill-fitting shoes that improperly distribute impact during the gait cycle can contribute to over-pronation as well.
Balance Your Gait
Z-CoiL® Pain Relief Footwear® can help correct over-pronation. While Z-CoiL shoes cannot address anatomical deformities, they can affect how your body absorbs and transfers impact.
Z-CoiL Pain Relief Footwear provides significant impact reduction, and the adjustable coil system easily corrects for over-pronation effectively counterbalancing the tendency to put stress on the medial (inside) side of the foot. Other features provide foot and whole body support to further encourage natural joint alignment and proper impact transfer.
Z-CoiLs are available in a number of styles for men and women, and all Z-CoiL products come with a 30-day risk-free trial. If your shoes do not provide the pain relief and gait correction you expected, we’ll take them back, no questions asked.
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