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Pronating feet?


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One of my dance teachers pointed out that when I dance or even just walk, my feet pronate inward and my arches are flat on the ground. My feet have always been that way, and she suggested that I try to correct it. I've been trying to walk around at school with my arches 'pulled up', and when I'm dancing I try very hard to do the same. However, it is very difficult for me to walk/dance that way, and I was just wondering if there are any health problems/injuries that could occur because of this or if this is not a big deal. Is it really necessary for me to try and fix it? After walking around with my arches pulled up for a day, I have sore muscles and it is very difficult to do it anymore. Also, do you think that this could ever become a 'natural' way of walking/dancing for me? Will it always feel as though I am having to work to pull up my arches or will it begin to feel natural? I've been experimenting with this for a couple of weeks now. Sorry if my question is not clear, I don't really know how to explain parts of it.

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Time for orthotics, cookieberry. It is very important to fix your pronation, as permanent injuries can be the result. The good news is that it is a fixable thing! Orthotics, arch supports, and re-training your muscles should do the trick. You will need some assistance though, so see a doctor or PT who has experience with dancers.

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Hi, Cookieberry! I am new here, but I have the exact same problem. I have been in custom orthotics for a few years now and have been working very hard to strengthen my arches and ankles. It's a slow process, but I'm making progress. Good luck to you!

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