Supination is prevalent in people with very high arches. This can lead to foot pain and other issues. The best supination insoles and inserts can help. Buy a great pair of insoles today. Learn what supination is and how to best address the condition with insoles for supination correction and prevention.
As I was lacing up my running shoes the other day, I realized it was time to buy a new pair. While they weren't that old, the tread on the outside of the sole was completely worn down. Small holes above where my pinky toes rested inside the shoe had begun to develop. My running shoes were telling me that my underpronation had gotten the best of them – again.
Underpronation (also called supination) is the insufficient rolling-in motion of the foot when it hits the ground. As part of a normal stride, the foot will roll slightly inward after the heel hits the ground (pronation). This cushions the impact and helps you adapt to uneven surface.
A normal foot pattern rolls inward at around 15% during your stride. When you supinate, your foot rolls in under 15%. Conversely, overpronation is defined as the inward rolling of the foot over 15%.
In plain terms, supination means your foot rolls out during your stride. That's why the outside tread of my running shoes was smooth while the rest of the tread was fine. Every time my foot hit the ground, it didn't pronate sufficiently (roll in), and the majority of my weight stayed on the outside edge of the foot. This forced the pinky toes to hit the mesh upper and eventually poke through.
Underpronation is less common than overpronation. While less than 10% of the population suffers from true supination, it still causes many people problems.
There are three main characteristics of people who underponate or supinate.
If you're experiencing these symptoms and the associated pain, all hope isn't lost. The good news is that a quality pair of shoe inserts for supination support can help. You can find a great pair of insoles below.
Like any biomechanical irregularity, underpronation can cause specific injuries. Common injuries associated with supination include:
If you underpronate, you need to find shoes that accommodate your gait. Because the body weight is not distributed evenly across the foot, forces of impact remain concentrated on the outside of the shoe. When you push off, your smaller toes do most of the work. This is both inefficient and lessens your ability to properly absorb the impact of your stride. Most specialists recommend finding neutral shoes with extra cushion or shock absorption qualities.
Other characteristics you should look for in a shoe include:
If biomechanics (and not tight calf muscles) are the cause of underpronation, you will need to go above and beyond buying a pair of neutral, shock-absorbing shoes. Most shoes do not sufficiently support high arches. Thus they won't correct the underlying cause of your underpronation.
Because having high arches is closely correlated to supination, you need to find supination insoles that will support the arch during your stride. Tread Labs Stride fully supports the arch, preventing your foot from rolling out. It also stabilizes the heel with a deep heel cup, which concentrates the fatty pad underneath your heel bone.
This acts as extra shock absorption. With the proper insoles for supination correction, you can prevent injury and develop a more efficient stride.
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