What is Pronation?
Pronation is a movement happening in your foot when walking, jumping and running at which ligaments and muscles that support the small bones in the foot, are being tensed up. When you set off again, this will trigger this energy, thus making the foot to act as a spring damper for the stresses, which might occur when you walk, jump or run.
All human beings are different: Some have soft feet, other rigid ones. The size of your arch underneath your feet varies greatly. When running, we all do it differently. All these differences cause variations in pronation.
Pronation is the foot’s natural shock absorption. If your pronation is not functioning optimally, you have a greater risk of damage. Excessive pronation can be a problem, since it stresses the ligaments and muscles in your feet and lower leg, the latter trying to stabilize the foot.
Pronation is a complex motion in the foot and ankle, which is controlled by both the joints and muscles in the foot, ankle and lower leg. This means that the muscles may become tired in the long run if you do not have proper cushioning and support for feet and ankles.Mette Fly, CEO – Align Footwear.
Pronation and running shoes – what to do:
Try on different pairs of running shoes at one of the many running stores or sports equipment stores. Many stores offer a good service. Choose the pair that fits best and is therefore most comfortable. The most important thing is that the shoes feel comfortable when you run. If you have a soft foot where the arch is flattened (flat feet), you may find that you pronate more than if you had a rigid foot with a high arch. If your usual running shoes tip inward and wear more on the inner edge of the heels, you may have strong pronation. To prevent excessive pronation, you will need support on the inside of your foot. If your running shoes tip outwards, and wear down most on the outer edge of the heel, you may have sufficient support on the inside. If you have too much support on the inside, you may need a softer, more neutral running shoe.
How can Align Footwear® insoles help you?
Align Footwear® insoles significantly reduce pronation. 80% of people in the world suffer some degree of over-pronation. Align Footwear® insoles adjust the foot into a more neutral position. Rather than place an artificial arch under the foot, Align Footwear® insoles seek to maintain the foot’s full mobility and activate the foot muscles.
In people who over-pronate, the source of the problem may seem to be the sole of the foot, but it is actually the ankle. When the ankle rolls inward, it forces the middle section of the foot and the forefoot into a sub-optimal position, adding to pronation or flat feet. The body then finds it more difficult to move forward, resulting in fatigue and biomechanical stress. Over-pronation can affect overall posture negatively and cause undue stress on ankles, knees, hips, neck and back.
It is, however, great to know that I’m NOT the only one having better life quality and feeling wellness when using these insoles. When you do not feel pain and become tired in your body and feet when standing, walking and running, you often want to move your body and feet even further….and the more, you exercise, the better you will get! This is exactly the reason why the slogan of my company Align Footwear is as follows:”Make headway. Be kind to your feet”
– Mette Fly, CEO
Align Footwear® insoles significantly reduce pronation
80% of the population suffers from over-pronation to some degree. Align Footwear® insoles help to de-rotate and align the foot into a more neutral position. Unlike many competitor products, Align Footwear® insoles have no artificial arch under the foot. Our insoles control the ankle and optimize the body’s potential using the body’s own biomechanics.
In people who have excessive pronation, a flat foot or sole may seem to be the source of the problem. Pronation is a complex combination of movements of the foot and ankle. It begins with your talus, the dome that the long leg bone (tibia) rests on. When the talus rotates inward, the ankle shifts forwards and inwards, abducting the forefoot outwards, flattening the mid foot and pulling the heel bone outwards. The knee follows the same path. Your gait becomes much less efficient. The body has to work much harder to propel itself forward, resulting in fatigue and biomechanical stress. Excessive pronation can negatively affect overall body alignment and cause unnecessary strain on the ankles, knees, hips and spinal joints.
A study by Runner’s World’s third party expert, Dr. Martyn Shorten PhD, found that Align Footwear® insoles align the ankle into a more neutral state by up to 32%, decrease pronation up to 27%, and align the tibia (shinbone) into a more neutral position by up to 40%.
No other shoe insole company can match these statistics.
Why do I wear the Align Footwear insoles in all my footwear today….
”When I was 13 years old – way back in 1980 – my doctor ordered me to lie absolutely still on the couch for 3 months! Why – you may ask?!
Well, quite simply because my back did hurt a lot due to a crooked gait based on a really flat right foot. This flat foot made me walk, run and stand wrongly and my whole body posture was influenced by this fact (what is known as “over pronation” and misalignment I found out many years later). This “lie still ordering” made me quite unhappy as I loved to play handball and volleyball and suddenly, I was not allowed to so for 90 day! I will never forget this period of my life but that was how to treat bad backs – at least for some of us – in the eighties ….as well as pain killers of course, when the pain became too unbearable.
When my best friend 4 years ago ”ordered” me to try out some new and innovative insoles on the market in my footwear, I was quite frankly a bit sceptic! But he insisted in me giving them a chance so that I could “straighten up the crooked cadaver of mine” as he so kindly did put it! I remember that I thought to myself – well, I have spent so much money and time the last 35 years on trying all kinds of artificial arch support, wedges and pads underneath my foot in order to walk correctly and avoid back pain – without any positive results at all. So I was not really motivated to trying out these new kinds of insoles – but what else to do to keep a great friendship than to obey his order!
Wearing these new insoles for two weeks resulted in a very sore arch muscle underneath my right foot – no wonder as this muscle had been ”week, lazy and sleeping” for more than 35 years as I used to place and wear an artificial support under it – however, something started happening in my body and feet by now! Many years of back pain became less for each day and my sore muscle in my arch became less sore and painful as well……. I could not believe it! The fact that a simple rubber insole in my shoes was what it should take in order to avoid pain and tiredness in my body and feet was just too overwhelming for me and I could hardly believe it! But that was exactly what to do – today I wear the Align Footwear insoles in all my footwear (ballerina shoes, boots with high heels, sneakers, pumps and in sandals with closed heels) and I’m now able to dance all night long without walking and standing like”a very old lady” the day after a party (at least it will not be due to a sore body and feet, if I feel a bit groggy the day after!).
Well – this was the story about my body and feet and how the Align Footwear insoles work for me – however, how they will work for you and your body is only you to experience! This is the reason why I have decided to offer all my customers a 60 days money back guarantee – if they do not experience a positive effect on body and feet as I did, they may return the insoles within the two months and get their money back. NOBODY should waste their money on buying my insoles – that’s a guarantee.
It is, however, great to know that I’m NOT the only one having better life quality and feeling wellness when using these insoles. When you do not feel pain and become tired in your body and feet when standing, walking and running, you often want to move your body and feet even further….and the more, you exercise, the better you will get! This is exactly the reason why the slogan of my company Align Footwear is as follows:”Make headway. Be kind to your feet”J