7 Questions on Supination and Overpronation Answered By A Running Expert

Are you experiencing pain or discomfort
when running? Have you ever wondered if it’s caused by excessive supination or
overpronation? In this video you will get answers to seven frequently asked
questions about these conditions, and an inside look at what you can do to
improve performance from industry expert and U.S. Olympic team qualifier Scott Gall.
What we found is that a rough estimate would be one third of the population
will either be neutral or supinate, so it would be even less than 30% of people
that we see that actually supinate or roll out. We find that two-thirds of
the population overpronate to some degree, overpronate meaning pronate to neutral
and go beyond neutral and roll in and so throughout we’ve found that that’s the
majority two-thirds of people tend to overpronate to some degree, some more than
others. When you look at someone that’s overpronating you can have
everything from shin splints and plantar fasciitis to IT band soreness and
tightness that really affects the knee or sometimes even up into the hip or
the sciatic and so what you find is that when someone’s over protonating and
their ankle collapses in, their knee will follow that so all of a sudden you’re
putting so much pressure to one spot that you’re gonna have overuse injuries
in those areas until they figure out what type of shoe to be in and how to
manage their training to make sure they don’t do too much too soon. What we’ve
learned throughout is that there needs to be an ongoing conversation with our
customers, not just about shoes that we would suggest, but also about training
and the measures they take to get ready for training and then how fast and
furious they hop into certain types of events and how long they are and
things like that. So we really encourage people to come in and do a gait analysis
and really figure out what their feet do when they’re running, whether they roll
in a little bit, or they roll out, if they’re neutral, or they overpronate a lot. From there
we put all the shoes on the spectrum of real flexible, neutral, to even motion
control and we try to help them line up on the spectrum where it looks like they
should be to get them to a nice neutral footfall. From there we bring out
different brands and help them get in the right type of shoe, but we have to
explain to them like just because you’re in the right type of shoe doesn’t mean
if you have an ailment already it’s going to go away in 24 hours, or that
you can’t go from 0 to 100 miles per hour
in a week and expect not to have any issues with that. With gait analysis what
makes it nice is that it takes a little bit of the guesswork from us and so if
we find someone that either supinates or is neutral, we can bring them maybe
four or five different shoes and let them try them on and make sure they like
the feel of them. When they get that narrowed down to two or three shoes we
like to put them on the treadmill again and watch them again for gait analysis
to see that it does ensure that they’re neutral so people may have a high arch
and supinate, they may be flat-footed and supinate, and different shoes will
fit their feet differently from different brands even and so what we
find is being able to again watch that through we can really help drive them to
two or three pairs that really look neutral and look like they’d be
efficient for that person. When it comes to overpronation we do the same thing. Someone that supinates or is neutral we put them in a neutral shoe. They don’t
make shoes for supinators that would drive them back to neutral but they do
make shoes for overpronaters that have more supportive cushion on the
inside to drive them back to neutral. There tends to be less issues with
someone that’s neutral or supinates and so those shoes are basically
neutral shoes for someone that overpronates they make more variety and more
options for people to try to help them get it a shoe that gets them to neutral
and keeps them away from getting injured. What we encourage people to do is try to
get into a shoe that gets them neutral and then from there we would almost send
them to a physical therapist of some sort where they can watch their whole
running form from head to toe and figure out if it’s a strength thing in the
hips somewhere, if it’s where they’re putting their feet out in front or
underneath them, or if they’re swinging through and coming past the center line
in front of them, there’s so many things that could cause some of that and a lot of
times flexibility and strength are issues that they need to look at to see
why they’re knock-kneed and why they’re having issues. For us we look at the
shoes in general and try not to draw any correlations from being bow legged or knock
kneed because some people they’re bow legged and may overpronate, some of them
supinate and the same with knock knees. So, I don’t know, we haven’t figured it
out yet. We sell insoles and we encourage people to look at heel wedges and gel
inserts and some of those things if indeed they’ve gotten in hopefully the
right type of shoe and in a good solid quality shoe and they’re still having
issues, at that point we totally recommend that they continue to explore
options that would help them get to a point where they can feel healthy and
continue to work out and train, and have quality of life and fitness. If you have any
questions feel free to contact us at [email protected] or call
us at (866) 712-7808 Learn more about health and
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  • Wow, great content. Keep it up!

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