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Three Treatment Options For Foot Supination

by Stella Robinson

Foot supination is a condition that causes a person to walk on the outside of the foot, causing the foot and ankle to roll inward. This can cause poor posture, stress on joints and back pain. Fortunately, there are a few options to treat supination and improve your gait. Here are a few things you can do to begin walking without your foot and ankle rolling inward. 

Daily Exercises

Your daily trip to the gym may actually be just what the doctor ordered to correct foot supination. Jump roping involves pushing off of the ground with your toes and the balls of your feet, both of which are also used in a normal stride. By adding jump rope exercises to your daily routine, you can begin to train your feet to use the ball of each foot instead of the side. Front lunges also produce a similar effect. If you have limited mobility or are unable to do these types of exercises, talk to your podiatrist or chiropractor about special exercises you can do at home that meet your mobility needs and ability level.


Orthotics are inlays made specifically for your foot. Your podiatrist takes a mold of your foot and has the inlays created to hold the foot in the proper position for walking. Wearing them every day can help you train your feet to walk without rolling inward. If you are a runner or you spend a lot of time at the gym, ask your doctor to create orthotics for exercise and for everyday use so you have the proper inlays for all your shoes.

Walking Shoes

Some walking shoes are designed for people with supination. They provide the support needed to help you walk with the proper gait. Some have ankle supports to prevent your foot and ankle from rolling inward as you walk, while others have curved insoles that keep your foot balanced as you walk. As you shop for shoes, you'll want to look for a pair that encourages pronation, which is the opposite of supination. This will help your foot avoid the used of the outside of your feet as you walk.

Over time, foot supination can cause pain while walking. Taking action to train your feet to walk properly can help to alleviate the pain and improve your gait. Talk to a doctor about these treatment options to see which are the best for your feet. Contact a clinic, such as Cotton Orthotic and Prosthetic, for more information.