On Saturday, June 7th at 11:00 AM, Bayou City Bike Tours is at it again. It’s fun to explore Houston by bicycle, but if you haveoverpronation problems this could be difficult to do. You might wonder why this condition would affect your ability to ride a bike, but it can cause a lot of issues that involve more than just your feet.
Overpronation is a term that simply means your ankle rolls too far inward when you walk or run. It’s normal for the ankle to roll slightly in, but if it goes too far all kinds of problems can occur. This type of gait can lead to many different foot conditions such as shin splints, heel spurs, bunions, plantar fasciitis, and Achilles tendonitis. Furthermore, it can cause pain and discomfort in your knees and hips as well. When your gait isn’t normal, it puts tremendous stress on the feet and legs and can throw your entire body out of alignment. Painful tendons and joints can make even bicycling difficult.
This tendency for ankles to roll inward is more common if you have flat feet. You can do the “wet test” to see if you have low arches. Place your foot in water and then step down on a flat surface; if you can see your entire footprint, you likely have flat feet and may experience overpronation problems. A visit to our office will confirm this, and then we can get you started on a treatment plan. Custom-made orthotics and special shoes may be all you need to take care of your gait issues. However, you may also need to incorporate the treatment of any additional conditions that were caused by overpronating.
If you think you might have a gait abnormality and would like to have your feet looked at, call Dr. Robert Parker at (281) 497-2850 to schedule an appointment. We proudly take care of all your podiatric needs at Parker Foot and Ankle in Houston, TX. Call today so you don’t have to suffer in pain any longer.