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What Is Overpronation?

Overpronation is when the foot and leg are not aligned, and the foot turns inward excessively from its neutral line. The foot rolls forward into the arch. Walking and running trigger this reflex where the knees tilt in and the arches flatten. Many people are affected by this condition, especially as they age, and it can cause pain in the feet, ankles, and legs. Orthotics and stability shoes are often suggested to help with overpronation. Most people who overpronate have flat feet or collapsed arches. Some other causes of overpronation include genetics, athletic activity, or ill-fitting shoes. A gait analysis will show whether you over- or under-pronate. It is a good idea to visit a chiropodist to have such an analysis done with the goal of preventing chronic foot pain from developing.

Foot problems can become increasingly common as we age, making everyday foot care especially important. To learn more about maintaining proper foot health, please consult with one of the chiropodists from Complete Family Footcare & Therapy. Our clinicians will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

Common Foot Problems

Certain foot problems may be more likely to affect older adults. 

Some examples of foot conditions that can be common in older adults include: 

  • Dry, cracked skin

  • Calluses and corns

  • Blisters

  • Ingrown toenails

  • Deformities such as bunions or hammertoes

  • Fungal infections

  • Plantar warts

Systemic conditions, such as diabetes or arthritis, are also more likely to affect older people and manifest symptoms in the feet and ankles. 

Daily Foot Care Tips

Having a daily foot care routine can help detect problems early on and prevent future issues. 

Things that you can do at home to care for your feet include: 

  • Washing the feet daily with warm water, drying them thoroughly, and then applying a moisturizer 

  • Trimming the toenails straight across and not too short to prevent ingrown toenails

  • Performing daily foot exercises to improve foot strength and mobility

  • Wearing shoes when walking to avoid injury

  • Inspecting the feet daily for any cuts, scrapes, sores, or other abnormalities and seeking prompt treatment if any problems are discovered 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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