You’ve got your running shoes, you’ve found a great running path, and you’re enjoying every minute of your regular outings… But then, 3 – 4 weeks later, you notice some concerns with your feet. Running injuries vary from person to person, but commonly include:
- Plantar fasciitis & arch pain
- Metatarsal pain & stress fractures
- Big toe & joint pain
- Achilles tendon pain
- Nerve injuries
So, what causes these injuries? Well, excessive pronation – or, hyperpronation – may be the biggest cause of injuries in running and jogging. What is pronation? Runner’s World explains it beautifully. Pronation is a “normal” process when walking. When running, it is “The inward movement of the foot as it rolls to distribute the force of impact of the ground.” It’s critical for shock absorption when running. Since a runner is airborne during the exercise, pronation is exacerbated when running. This hyperpronation results in flat feet and can cause overuse injuries, bunions, and more. Therefore, as previously mentioned, hyperpronation may be one of the biggest causes of injuries in the running world.
Unfortunately, there are no easy 1-2-3- steps to address hyperpronation – it does not get better with exercise or therapy. The only way to treat hyperpronation is with orthotics or surgery.
If you notice pain that starts with running and does not resolve or worsens with time, it’s recommended that you are evaluated to assess the injury, treat it, and hopefully prevent it from worsening or happening again. At Nova, I regularly work with runners and use 3-D technology to fabricate custom inserts to address hyperpronation on an individual basis.
As I say to my patients – Always invest in a great pair of running shoes… an orthotic is only as good as the shoe it’s in! Additional running tips include proper hydration and post-exercise stretching. Run On!
-Posted by Farshad Bathaee, DPM