By wearing insoles from Align Footwear® you do not only address the symptoms – you prevent the very reason for pronation!
What is Pronation?
Pronation is a movement happening in your foot when walking, jumping and running at which ligaments and muscles that support the small bones in the foot, are being tensed up. When you set off again, this will trigger this energy, thus making the foot to act as a spring damper for the stresses, which might occur when you walk, jump or run.
All human beings are different: Some have soft feet, other rigid ones. The size of your arch underneath your feet varies greatly. When running, we all do it differently. All these differences cause variations in pronation.
Pronation is the foot’s natural shock absorption. If your pronation is not functioning optimally, you have a greater risk of damage. Excessive pronation can be a problem, since it stresses the ligaments and muscles in your feet and lower leg, the latter trying to stabilize the foot.
Pronation is a complex motion in the foot and ankle, which is controlled by both the joints and muscles in the foot, ankle and lower leg. This means that the muscles may become tired in the long run if you do not have proper cushioning and support for feet and ankles.
Pronation and running shoes
tion and running shoes Try out a variety of running shoes at one of the many running stores or sporting goods stores. This is a service that most stores offer. Then you may choose the shoes which suit you best and in which you feel comfortable. The most important thing is that they should feel really comfortable when running. You may experience, that if you have a soft foot where the arch is flattened out, “flat feet”, you will tend to pronate more than if you had a rigid footing with the high arch. If your usual running shoes are tipping inward and are most worn on the inner part of the soles, it indicates a strong pronation. In that case, there is a need for support on the inside of your foot in order not to risk exceeded pronation. In case that your running shoes “fall out” and is most worn on the outer part of the soles, it may be an indication that they have enough support on the inside. If so, you might need a softer, more neutral running shoes.
In what way may Align Footwear® insoles help you?
Align Footwear® insoles help reduce pronation significantly. 80% of all people in the world suffer from some form of over-pronation. Align Footwear® insoles adjust the foot in a more neutral position. It is not about placing an artificial arch in the foot but to preserve the foot’s full mobility and activate the foot muscles.
It may look as if it is sole of the foot, which is the source of the problem for people who over-pronate, but it’s actually the ankle. When the ankle rolls inward, it forces the middle section of the foot and the forefoot to a sub-optimal position, thus adding pronation or flat / plate feet. The body is thus very difficult to move forward, resulting in fatigue and biomechanical stress. Over-pronation can affect the overall posture negatively and cause undue stress on ankles, knees, hips, neck and back.
Align Footwear® insoles help reduce pronation significantly.
80% of the population suffers from some level of over-pronation. Align Footwear® insoles are all about de-rotating and aligning the foot into a more neutral position. It’s not about placing an artificial arch under the foot like many of our competitors. It’s about controlling the ankle to optimize the body’s potential using your body’s biomechanics.
It may seem like the collapsed sole of the foot is the source of the problem for people who experience an exceeded pronation. Pronation is a complicated combination of movements of the foot and ankle. It begins with your Talus, the “dome” your long leg bone (Tibia) sits on. When the Talus rotates inward it shifts the ankle forward and inward, abducting the forefoot outward, collapsing the mid foot, and pulling your heel bone outward. The knee follows the same path. Your gait becomes much less efficient. The body has to work much harder to propel forward, resulting in fatigue and biomechanical stress. Too much pronation can negatively affect overall body alignment and cause unnecessary strain to the ankles, knees, hips and back joints can result.
A study by Runner’s World third party expert Dr. Martyn Shorten PhD found Align Footwear® insoles to align the ankle into a more neutral state up to 32%, decrease pronation up to 27%, and align the tibia (shin) into a more neutral state by up to 40%. No other shoe insole company has numbers like these.