What is Pronation?

What is Pronation?
Pronation is the inward (medial) roll of the foot and in particular the heel and arch which occurs naturally at the heel strike as a cushioning mechanism.

Overpronation is when the feet roll inward too much.

Supination, also known as underpronation, is the opposite to pronation where the feet don't roll inward enough. Wearing the wrong type of shoe will lead to painful shins and joints, or even injury.

How do I find out if I pronate?
It is easy to find out if you're a pronator or supinator - look at your trainers! A pronator's outer soles wear down along the inside of the ball of the foot and they tend to have flat feet.

The supinator's outer soles wear down along the outer edge and their feet tend to have high arches. Shoes are designed with features to control these problems.

(see the Wet Foot Test to find out if you are flat footed or have high arches)

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