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Is pronation of the foot actually bad for you?

Asked by LDRSHIP (1191 points ) December 5th, 2013

Typically you are recommend a shoe that will fix it. orthotics of some sort and other things possibly.

Although I believe it is a natural thing your body does to have some degree of pronation to help absorb impact. This is for both waking and running.

What are your thoughts on the matter?

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DWW25921's avatar

I have very flat feet and I suppose that can be bad. Special shoes don’t fix my problem, they just hurt. It’s natural for feet to gravitate inward while walking I think. Not having a natural arch I just kind of walk like a duck.

LDRSHIP's avatar

Do you wear or do anything for it?

And supposedly special shoes or support are meant to fix it. When do your feet hurt? Have they always been flat?

DWW25921's avatar

They’ve always been very flat and nothing helps. I wear shoes with no arch. that’s really all I can do.

janbb's avatar

ZI have flat feet and pronate. I definitely notice a difference if I am wearing comfortable shoes with orthotics or not. I also have a tendency to twist my ankles.

snowberry's avatar

I have congenital flat feet. I also walk like a duck. The problem with pronation is that it tends to grow bunions for you, because it puts pressure on the sides of the big toes.

Bunions are not fun.

It’s also unwise to wear high heels if you pronate, because you can fall.

hearkat's avatar

I used to have high-normal arches, but they have been falling as a result of Rheumatoid Disease. It originally manifest as bilateral plantar fasciitis, but none of the treatments for PF were making much difference, so I added arch support to my footwear and the improvement has been dramatic.

gailcalled's avatar

I know of no one over forty who does not have some complaint or discomfort connected with her/his feet. My issue is plantar fascists, which I treat with cheap plastic heel cups in all shoes except heavily cushioned sneakers.

Look for solutions for your own uniue foot problems since there are no aging normal feet (which I associate with looking like this):

See a podiatrist for advice or experiment with otc innersoles and orthotics. Check out the various choices in the Footsmart.com catalog for issues and solutions relating to pronation.

Seek's avatar

I have bunions, hammertoes, arthritis, and weak ankles that like to give out on me without warning.

In a perfect world, I would be allowed to go all places Hobbit-style without people looking at me like I’m crazy and complaining that I’ll step on something and sue them.

Unfortunately, I have to wear shoes.

No, I have never, ever, ever had a comfortable shoe that fit properly. No, you don’t know a store I can go to or a product I can try that will help. Trust me.

I saw a podiatrist when I was 14 or something. They said I had the feet of a 65 year old ballet dancer, and sucks to be me, basically.

Arches are good though.

Still wish people would stop insisting I have to wear shoes. We got along quite well without them for 100 million years…

Tropical_Willie's avatar

I also have flat feet and pronated ankles. Shoes didn’t work, orthotics didn’t work. I was rejected in the Army induction center and was told to go downstairs and out the lobby and turn right, that led me into the Department for Disabled Persons. I was diagnosed with Osteoarthritis in both ankles at 22years old, after the Army rejection. I have been registered for 45 years as a disabled person.

I’m prone to get twisted ankles with swelling and bruising. I don’t play baseball or basketball anymore because of that.

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

I have no arch at all on my right foot and for over ten years I have needed an orthotic that involves both my foot and ankle. I have gotten to the point where the osteoarthritis that have developed is so severe that I can’t walk at all without wearing my AFO (ankle-foot orthotic) and using a cane on the opposite side make things better. I already take powerful medications to treat chronic pain resulting from a car crash nearly ten years ago. Believe me when I tell you that long term pronation is terrible for your feet.

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