Wear and tear of the foot and
entire lower extremity can be compared to an aging caróeach step is like a mile.
That adds up to 100,000 miles for every 10 years of your life. The arch just
goes up and down, everyday, hundreds or thousands of footsteps a day. It is no
wonder that the arch is the center of all pronation and postural problems.
In simplest form, pronation is nothing more than the arch spreading out as you
step down in order to absorb shock. Everything above the foot [knees, hips and
low back] also moves as much as possible to help absorb shock, too. The more the
body moves, however, the worse and more quickly it breaks down.
Overpronation of the arch is actually
normal--everybody has it. However, without anything to support the arch or
minimize its spreading out, the arch will over-stretch to absorb incoming force.
Walking and running both cause overpronation with each step (obviously with
varying degrees of wear and tear). While most damage of overpronation patients
are between the ages of 40-60, itís not uncommon to see people in their teens
and above, especially if they are highly active or athletic.
Can you stop it? No. Can you
prevent it? Possibly.
Even if you are totally injury-free, wearing some arch support will minimize the
repetitive, unrestrained motion of the arch. Remember, however,
the more precise the fit, the greater the alignment benefit. Wear the supports
as much as possible, even around the house, if you are very active. Think of it
this way, if you had a switch to turn the alignment of the wheels of your car
off/on, when would you turn it off? If you said never, then you are
right; therefore, try to maintain your best alignment with every step you take.