Pronation and Supination Can Cause Pain Throughout the Body


If you are experiencing pain in a joint and you’ve noticed that something seems a bit “off” when you walk, you might be dealing with the result of pronation or supination of your foot. Variations in the way that you stand and walk can have effects throughout your body. 

  • Pronation and supination refer to the natural inward and outward movements of the foot and ankle when walking or running. These movements help the body absorb the shock of each step. When the foot overpronates or oversupinates, pain can result, not only in the foot and ankle but even in the knee, hip, or spine. 

  • Pronation is the inward roll of the foot as it makes contact with the ground. The angle of the rolling should be about 15%. A greater angle is overpronation. People with flat feet are more likely to overpronate. This, in turn, puts you at increased risk of bunions and plantar fasciitis.  

  • Supination is the complement to pronation. It’s the outward roll of the foot as it lifts off the ground. Oversupination, common among people with high arches, can lead to strain on the ankle joint and even to foot and ankle injuries.  

  • Issues related to overpronation and oversupination are commonly resolved with non-invasive approaches including the prescription of custom orthotics to correct gait problems. 

If you are experiencing foot pain, or if you have any other concerns about the health and well-being of your feet, ankles, or lower legs, it’s time to visit your foot doctor. With years of specialized training and experience, a board-certified podiatrist like Dr. Eric Kosofsky and Dr. Robert Rutstein is the best-qualified medical professional to diagnose and treat your issue. Schedule a convenient appointment in Hartford Podiatry Group’s modern, comfortable offices in Hartford and Rocky Hill. Call our friendly staff at 860-523-8026 or click here to get started today.