What Does Overpronation Mean?

What Does Overpronation Mean

So, you are about to start running and you just heard about the term pronation. It seems that so many things depend on it, but you have no idea what pronation or overpronation is. Is it a good or a bad thing? What does it do to your feet? Well, you probably have so many questions, but to begin with, this is not something newly invented, so keep reading to find out more.

What is a style of oppression?

As a runner, you should know that there is a style of oppression and you need to learn how to do this properly. So, oppression is actually the way that the feet step on the surface and pronation is a normal part of the whole process. There are lots of professional and amateur runners who are afraid of pronation. The whole process of pronation represents an instep on the surface. To be clear, pronation is nothing to be afraid of and it is a normal process where your feet are involved while running. But overpronation is something else.

What is overpronation?

What will happen to your feet if you have over 200 lbs and you run on a hard surface? Overpronation is what will happen. When you step down with your feet the ankles will twist inwards in order to amortize the stress that appears as a result of hitting the surface. It shouldn’t surprise you why people with extra weight have more problems with pronation. Note that this doesn’t exclude professional runners who prepare themselves for marathons.


Overpronation is also considered as a style where the first contact with the ground will be made with the inner side of the foot. The big toe will touch the surface first and then all the other parts of the foot. The joints of the leg are directed inwards in this case. This term is also known as “flat feet” among people. And they have this exact style of oppression.

Is overpronation curable?

This condition, if we can call it a condition, can be cured while the person is still growing with the help of prosthesis. Once the bones complete their growth, healing won’t be possible. This style of oppression can be very painful if you don’t wear the right footwear and can even lead to causing serious injuries.

It is recommended to use orthopedic shoes especially when running. Make sure you talk to your doctor before purchasing anything.


Now, do you understand what does overpronation mean? Do you suffer from overpronation when running? If you have any tips to help out other runners who suffer from it, feel free to share with me by commenting below.

Cheers and Start Running Today




9 Comment

  1. Wow, a very VERY interesting post on the post what does over pronation mean. Do you know, I ran for almost 20 years, cross-country mainly, and I am ashamed to say it, but I never EVER came across that word. Thanks for a detailed article that explains to me very well just what it is. I know feel that I have the knowledge of it.

    1. Will says: Reply

      Hi Simon

      Thank you for dropping by again. I guess you learn something new everyday 🙂 🙂

  2. Thanks for this informative post. I didn’t know what overpronation is, now i know. However, can overpronation become painful, or does it make you a slow runner?

    1. Will says: Reply

      Hi Michael

      It can make you a slow runner because you are not using the correct techniques for running. Furthermore, it increases the chances of serious injuries which can be very painful.

  3. Liz says: Reply

    I ran cross country in high school and college, and I am someone who overpronates, still to this day but it’s not nearly as severe. When my cross country coach in high school saw me running, she sent me to a running shoe store who would set me up with the right shoes to try and cure the overpronation. These shoes had a higher, firm arch in the sole of the shoe to basically make it impossible for my foot to turn inward. They’re the ugliest shoes I’ve ever had, and when I see them in running stores I can only think about how I was the only girl on my running teams that didn’t get to have cute shoes, haha!

    Unfortunately, even though I wore the specific type of shoes they prescribed me to wear, I still overpronated and noticed that the only time I didn’t overpronate is when I wore the specific shoes.

    A couple years ago, a strength and conditioning coach overheard me explaining my overpronation to a friend and worked with me on strengthening my outer leg muscles so they could pull my gate away from my midline of the body.

    Fortunately, I haven’t suffered any injuries from it, but it does make my shoes look funky how they lean inward, haha. It’s great that you’re getting this out there for people to see so they can get the right shoes and build the outer leg muscles to help correct it!

    1. Will says: Reply

      Hi Liz

      This is a great story that you are sharing over here with the readers. It is very true that overpronation is an issue that most runners have not heard of. Hope that your story can help out fellow runners who are facing similar issues. Thanks for sharing Liz!

  4. Dan says: Reply

    Yep, you’re speaking my language with this article. I’ve tried and tested tons of different types of shoe for running and found various results with each one. I tend to land mid-foot and then the ankle kicks outward, rolling along the knife-edge of the outer foot and then back to the heel. I don’t think there’s anything particularly wrong with under- or over-pronating as long as it doesn’t cause injury. Heel striking is where the problems can start. One of the best ‘checks’ I’ve found is to examine the wear on your trainers to see where the grips have become worn. If it’s all at the back, probably best to visit a specialist running store and get a gait analysis done – especially if you’re a mid- to long-distance runner. I’ve used a number of brands but found that Mizuno tend to have the best range of support for us pronators, followed by Brooks and then Asics. Great article! Keep running! 🙂

    1. Will says: Reply

      Hi Dan

      Great sharing with the readers with your quality feedbacks, much appreciated! I totally agree with you that it is best to consult a specialist to get your overpronation checked out if you are concerned about it. There is only so much you can read and research online. Ultimately, you need an expert to check it out because everyone’s situation is different. Thanks Dan!

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