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Supination - The Effect of a High Foot Arch

Blog by Vancouver Orthotics, Hycroft Medical Building (114-3195 Granville St @ 16th Ave) | March 27th, 2009

Today I write about Supination or the high foot arch:

  • Definition: Insufficient inward roll of the foot after landing. This places extra stress on the foot and can result in iliotibial band syndrome of the knee, Achilles tendinitis, plantar fasciitis.
  • Diagnosis: Shoes that wear on the entire outside edge, with the side of the shoe becoming overstretched. Your shoes will tilt outward when placed on a flat surface. High arches and tight Achilles tendons contribute to supination..
  • Remedies: Wear shoes with curved lasts to allow pronation. Lightweight trainers allow more foot motion. Check for flexibility on the inner side of the shoe. Supinators should do extra stretching for the calves, hamstrings, quads and iliotibial band.

Though Pronators (Excessive inward roll of the foot after landing. The foot continues to roll when it should be pushing off. This twists the foot, shin and knee and can cause pain in all those areas.) tend to be more common than Supinators, both situations can result in.......

Biomechanical stress & strain to the muscles, ligaments and joints of the foot. Compensation may lead to strain in the weight bearing joints of the body (feet, ankles, knees, hips and back).

Custom orthotics can help balance & align the foot while releaving the symptoms. Speak to me, Dr. Michael Horowtiz for more information -, 604-733-7744.