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Pronation - Definition


Updated June 30, 2014

Pronation - Neutral - Supination

Pronation - Neutral - Supination

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Definition: Pronation refers to the natural side-to-side movement of the foot as you walk or run. The foot rolls a bit inward with each step, and with the correct gait should begin to roll outward with the toe-off.

But for some people, the ankle rolls too far downward and inward with each step, which is known as overpronation. This can lead to injury but can be corrected with the right shoes, insoles, or orthotics.

Determining whether you are an overpronator is the key to selecting the right walking shoes. Overpronators need motion control shoes to help correct their gait and reduce the risk of injury.
How to determine whether you are an overpronator

Motion control shoes are built to correct for overpronation. Top Picks for Motion Control Shoes

Pronunciation: pro-nay-shun

Common Misspellings: pronacion pronatoin

Examples: I over-pronate when I walk and need shoes with medial support.

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