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Running myths and misconceptions exposed!

Unlike most superheroes (we're not superheroes), we do not possess any superpowers (unless irony and satire is a superpower!). We make use (to the best that we can) of intellect, detective skills, science and technology (3D) physical prowess (and photoshop) to help rid the city of misconceptions to help bring the truth to the people! These days, it's really tricky for anyone to follow advice in magazines or forums as R&D (research and development) in the past 2 years (maybe?) has gone supernova in the world of biomechanics causing much of the material given 2 years ago to appear to be dated and somewhat incorrect. At StrideUK, our intention is to expose certain running related assumptions (often anatomy related) that just may not hold water in todays understanding of movement. You decide!

To Pronate or not to Pronate (running misconception no 178)


Pronation has been by far the greatest negative buzz word used by running shops or health professionals. If you’re seen to be commiting the act of overpronation, there's every chance you’ll be sold a motion control / support / stability shoe.  Well, latest news suggests that stabilising this ‘abnormal’ behaviour doesn’t actually contribute to improving performance. Gone are the days when a running store will be placing you in a shoe based on whether you're pronating or not, todays evidence suggests that it doesn't really matter how much your foot pronates providing it has the strength to take you out of that moment just as quickly as it happens.
The latest scientific evidence concludes the following: 
Arch support does not make a huge difference to injury risk, balance or running economy. However it can help with recovery process and pain relief in certain injuries or feet related problems. (


It's images like this (found on a Podiatry website in Lehigh Valley USA) that we believe delivers a message so far from the truth suggesting that a 'neutral shaped foot' is a 'healthy foot', yet a 'flat foot'... isn't. In our clinic (did you know we have a physio clinic too?) we see just as many people visiting us with foot / ankle / calf pain  / discomfort with what is regarded as a 'Neutral foot' in comparison to just as many clients stepping in with 'Flat feet' yet performing completely pain  / injury free. Such suggestion that a Flat foot is or will become problematic casts a negative belief that 'if it ain't neutral, it's going to break!' On the upside, considering that most people on this planet pronate to a degree, what a fine business model to sell a product for something that may not always need a cure! 

Pronation... it's not that it came on overnight!

Pronation is not an illness

We have to appreciate that this 'unique evolutional change' in your foot shape has forged over years of walking and being active (I read once that British have flatter feet than the Americans because we walk more where as they drive more). This means that there was no specific moment of 'collapse' which would suggest that your biomechanics has had plenty of time to cope with such a change. Therefore, if you're not experiencing any discomfort yet have a low 'pronated foot'... where's the problem? However, if symptoms do change (often related to an increase of demand ie: intensity, duration or frequency) it may be worth reviewing, but at least consider visiting somebody who has a good understanding of full body movement, than someone who believes that the answer just comes from 'curing' your pronation! 
For the record: We are Pro Podiatry and would endorse orthotics providing they aren't stuck in the dark ages and promoting 'Healthy Foot / Flat Foot' images as above!

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