Originally Posted by Distorbiant
Anyone have some good recommendations?
I have a killer overpronated step.
Orthotics and special shoes that tailor to overpronation are simply a bandaid. They may alleviate the problem but it will not fix things and will definitely cause bigger problems down the road. Flat feet are correctable. Unfortunately when we are all far too young we start constantly wearing shoes, often big cushy ones with a large heel to toe differential. We don't notice toddlers and kids heel striking when they run until about 4-5 because that's when we constantly slap shoes on them.
You can slowly do some simple stuff to rebuild your feet. I would go to mobilitywod.com and search "rebuilding the feet" simple exercises like jumping, walking around in flatter shoes and slowly increasing distance (and eventually running) and essentially stop heel kicking will build more of an arch in the foot. If you have flat feet you most likely also have a drop in your navicular bone. That means when you stand, your feet collapse inward. And this happens with every single step, thousands upon thousands a day. It almost always creates more problems up the kinetic chain like tight Achilles/calves, knee problems, etc.
NFL recruiters will check for the flat feet and if a candidate has it, they get bumped down the list big time because the chance of ACL tear is far larger than an athlete without it.
Hope that helped explain why it's better to fix the problem permanently n