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If the mechanics of your foot are a little bit off, it can throw off the alignment of your entire body. Excessive pronation of your feet is quite common but if untreated can lead to degenerative wear and tear and chronic pain in the knees, hips or spine.
Overpronation usually causes overuse type injuries, occurring most frequently in runners and people who have flexible, flat feet. As a result, excessive pronation often leads to conditions such as shin splints, plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, metatarsalgia and/or bunions.
If the mechanics of your foot are a little bit off, it can throw off the alignment of your entire body. Excessive supination of your feet can lead to ankle injuries, stress on the knee, hip and/or back pain and plantar fasciitis.
Supination is commonly a result of genetics but can also be triggered or worsened by muscle imbalances in the foot, ankle and lower leg. Improper footwear, former injuries and repetitive stress lead to muscle disparity and misalignment in the body.
Plantar fasciitis can cause pain in the bottom of your heel or in the lower part of your middle foot. This happens when the plantar fascia ligament becomes strained because of soft-soled footwear with poor arch support, frequent standing, long-distance running, weight gain, or other foot conditions. It can develop over time, and pain can range from dull to sharp. You may experience more pain when your feet have been resting for prolonged periods.