In my first recording session, with the help of my awesome little brother on camera, I have discovered a I have a problem called “Pronation” or “Over-pronation“. This where the feat roll in more than they should during walking/running/skating.
Over-pronation is probably fairly common, but I want to get off on the right foot… or more specifically the right part of the foot… so I am going to try and resolve this problem asap!
What Over-pronation looks like
One helpful diagram shows Pronation in skates from behind: you can see the feet leaning inwards, so the weight is not central over the wheels.
Another diagram shows the prorating ankles without skates.
My pronation problem
In this slowed down video of me skating away from the camera, you can see my feet prorate a lot.
How over-pronation affects my skating
Over-pronation may help to explain a few issues I have had while learning to skate so far.
The main issue I can pinpoint was with sticky skating. When I try and do my lemon-shaped sticky skate I loose momentum. Even if I start off with some momentum then start to sticky skate, I slowly come to a stop over 2/3 lemons.
I think this is partly because the rolling in of my feat means I am leaning into my inside edges of my skates all the time. This explains why I lose momentum when trying to sticky skate: leaning on the inside edge has an effect like a plough stop, cutting my speed every time I bring my feet together.
The effect can be seen most keenly in my sticky skating, however, I assume the inside-edge weighting would cause a range of issues. It’s certainly not going to help anyway!
How over-pronation affects my feet and my motivation
Since I started skating I have developed severe pain in my right Achilles and plantar fasciitis symptoms in both feet – I am waiting for a podiatry appointment to get this looked at. The problem isn’t so much the pain itself, thought that’s obviously not fun, but the slow chipping away at my motivation has come with it. I need to get it sorted then!
Here is a list of actions I am taking to try and resolve my over-pronation problem. Any suggestions you have are welcome!
- Talking to my doctor – Including showing them a picture of the over pronation in action on skates
- Arch support insoles – I bought some from my local sports shop
- Foot strengthening exercises – there are some suggestions on-line, but I will check with my doctor first.
- Keep checking the issue – I will keep checking on this every time I practice to see if it has improved!