overpronated and underpronated

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overpronated and underpronated

Postby cche7 » Sat Feb 25, 2006 9:30 pm

Hi there,

Does anyone knows the difference between being overpronated and underpronated. I ran last week on the treadmile and felt a sharp pain in my ankle. Thankfully the pain is gone, but I decided to get a new pair of running shoes and went on runnersworld.com to see which would be the best pair to get. I saw these 2 terms and tried researching what they meant. Every site I've been to, it's left me even more confused than when I started. If anyone could explain to me what underpronated and overpronated means and how to tell if I'm either, I'd appreciate it.
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Postby maartenm » Sun Feb 26, 2006 2:40 am

The best visual example of an overpronated foot is what is normally called a flat foot. This may in itself not be painful. An overpronated foot places more pressure on the inside of the foot, causing incorrect joint positioning in the knee, hip and opposite shoulder. Overpronation also causes an imbalance of the muscles in both the upper and lower leg. The inner leg muscles are underdeveloped and used while the outer leg muscles are overused and abused. This disturbs the core balance of the body.

underpronation: the opposite of flat feet, a high arch :)

seriously, this explains it pretty well: http://www.time-to-run.com/beginners/shoes.htm

These are the first sites (literally) that google comes up with, so I'm sorry if you already read them and they're the ones you found confusing.

Regardless, if you're serious about running you should go to a good running store and have them explain everything to you (good = testing and explaining).

And: http://www.geocities.com/jsgilbody/Gord ... 040104.pdf
And: http://www.posetech.com/
Or: http://www.runningbarefoot.org/
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Postby cche7 » Mon Feb 27, 2006 1:46 pm

Thanks. Your explaination of overpronation helps clear things up. Just reading your explaination makes me realize that I'm underpronated. I went to modells and picked up a pair of running shoes just for my feet. Thanks for the help. :)
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