We love being a part of the Long Island community! This is our home and we might be “slightly” biased, but there are so many great opportunities here. One of the countless examples is the options that runners have for logging their miles. You need one that is flat and has the mileage marked? Check out the Bethpage Bike Path. You want some tempo runs or speed work? Swing by Eisenhower Park in the heart of Nassau County. No matter which Long Island running path you pick, don’t let pronation issues create painful conditions!

For those who are unfamiliar with the term, pronation refers to a natural motion your feet go through whenever you run or walk. It’s so natural that you don’t notice unless you pay attention, but feet use an inwards rolling motion from the point of the heel strike through the final push from your toes. A “normal” roll is approximately fifteen percent. Issues can arise when that number is too high or too low.

  • Overpronation is excessive rolling of the feet. This is most commonly associated with low arches and can lead to a variety of issues, including plantar fasciitis, bunions, and Achilles tendinitis.
  • Supination is the opposite; feet do not roll as much as they should. Frequently experienced by those who have high arches, this condition leads to excessive pressure on the outer edges of the feet. Associated issues include heightened risk of stress fractures, plantar fasciitis, and iliotibial band syndrome.

Either way, we can help correct the biomechanical issue that causes your running problems. Even better, treatment is often conservative (no surgery!) and can be quite beneficial. The use of orthotics—custom-prepared inserts that we make especially for your unique feet—can provide the arch support necessary to even out your pronation.

When your pronation style leads to running problems, it’s time to seek professional help. Fortunately, Foot Specialists of Long Island is right here for you! Our Nassau County podiatry practice provides effective foot and ankle care for our fellow Long Island residents and is ready to do the same for you. Give us a call at (516) 804-9038 or use our online form to schedule your appointment at our Massapequa, NY office today.

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