Auteur: Podiatre Montreal
Your foot print can tell you more about the health of your feet than you think.
When you take a step, you usually put your heel on the ground first and then the movement continues towards the toes, afterwards there is a slight flattening of the arch of the foot. This is the normal function of a foot.
Unfortunately, not all feet function as normal. If your foot is oriented too far inward, pronation will occur. This can lead to fatigue and pain from the plantar arch to the inside of the knee. Under-pronation occurs when your foot rolls too far outward; this condition can often lead to ankle sprains and stress fractures.
You can relieve these foot pains by using orthopedic supports, however, you must first determine the movement of your foot.
The watermark test
A second method to determine what type of pronation you may be suffering from is the watermark test: Put your feet in a bucket of water, then make impressions on a sheet of black paper. If your print looks like a pancake, you are suffering from over pronation, i.e. you have flat feet. Try to get foot supports, which can be purchased in many supermarkets or pharmacies. And when you store for sports shoes, ask the salesperson for models that offer features or insoles to correct the movement of your feet.
If the plantar supports or sports shoes do not help you to correct the phenomenon, do not hesitate to contact our office to obtain orthopedic shoe linings. If at the level of your impression, there is little connection between the front part of the foot and the heel, you also suffer from underpronation or you certainly have a large plantar arch. This means that most of your weight falls on the outer edge of your foot.
For more stability, choose sports shoes designed with extra padding to overcome this problem. And if you’re prone to ankle sprains, look for ankle and foot bandages or supports to minimize rebound damage.2021