Sorry for the delay in posts!
As I discussed in my last post, over-pronation is a very common gait deficiency. If you have ever looked at the tread on your worn running shoes and noticed the inside edge of rubber being unevenly worn down, you are more than likely an over-pronator. This means you are running/walking on the inside of your foot which will in all likelihood create an overuse injury (shin splints, plantar fasciitis, IT band syndrome, stress fractures) at some point.
Some things to consider if you are over-pronating:
– Specific types of Shoes can help with over-pronation. “Stability” or “Motion Control” shoes have built in support that can help guard against an overuse injury. Some good models of shoes to look at are the Mizuno Wave Inspire, or the New Balance MR760. Both of these are built specifically for support of over-pronation.
– Exercises to help strengthen the intrinsic muscles of the foot can also be helpful. Livestrong.com provides a great explanation of the exercises HERE.
– If proper shoes and exercises have not helped, then specifically made Orthotics may be the way to go. Orthotic shoe inserts can be ordered and specifically molded to your foot which helps to correct the gait deficiency. Orthotics can get pricey but are sometimes the key to injury free running.