When you wear Align Footwear® insoles, not only do you address the symptoms – you prevent the very cause of pronation!
What is Pronation?
Pronation is a movement in your foot that occurs when you walk, jump and run. It is a movement, during which the ligaments and muscles that support the small bones in the foot tense up. When you set off, your foot to acts a spring, dampening any stresses that occur as you walk, jump or run.
All human beings are different. Some of us have soft feet, others more rigid ones. The size of the arch underneath your foot also varies greatly. As for running, we all do it differently. All these differences cause variations in pronation.
Pronation is the foot’s natural shock absorption. If pronation does not function optimally, there is a greater risk of injury. Excessive pronation stresses the ligaments and muscles in your feet and lower leg (because the muscles attempt to stabilise the foot).
Pronation is a complex motion in the foot and ankle that is controlled by the joints and muscles of the foot, ankle and lower leg. In the long term, your muscles will tire if your feet and ankles do not have proper cushioning and support.
Pronation and running shoes
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.
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.