Did you know your foot contains 26 bones, 32 joints, 107 ligaments, and 19 muscles and tendons that hold it together, allowing it to move in a variety of ways?
Your foot also has three arches that are supposed to work together to support your bones. The medial longitudinal arch runs along the inside of your foot from the ball of the foot to the heel. The lateral longitudinal arch runs parallel to the medial longitudinal arch, along the outside of your foot from the ball of the foot to the heel. The transverse or metatarsal arch runs across the midfoot from the outside to the inside, situated behind the five toe joints in the ball of your foot.
These three arches help stabilize the bones in your legs, hips, pelvis and spine. When your arches are well supported, your feet are in biomechanical alignment. And when your feet are aligned, then the rest of your body is aligned as well. So, as you walk or run, your body’s weight is distributed evenly over your feet, reducing any stress on your legs, hips, back and upper body.
However, when one or more of your arches isn’t working correctly, you may experience foot problems and pain. Two biomechanical foot problems that can occur are overpronation and oversupination.
When a person overpronates as they walk, the arches of their feet flatten as their foot hits the ground. This action causes their ankles to tilt inward too much, causing them to carry their weight on their inner soles. Additionally, their knees will tilt inward, too. Because the person overpronates, their feet are often wider and longer. In the general population, overpronation is more common than oversupination.
In people who oversupinate as they walk, the person’s ankles tilt outward too much, so they carry their weight along the outside of their feet. This action puts a lot of pressure on the lateral longitudinal and transverse arches of their feet. Also, oversupinators have a high instep, or a high medial longitudinal arch, when their foot bears weight as they walk.
Overpronation and oversupination can lead to fatigue and microscopic tears in your muscles and tendons. You may experience pain, inflammation, and swelling in your knees, hips and lower back.
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