Neutral refers to good alignment in the feet and ankles in which the feet and ankles form a straight line. The feet form a stable platform with pressure distributed evenly across the heel and forefoot.

WHAT IS A NEUTRAL GAIT?

Gait refers to the way we walk or run. A neutral gait refers to efficient biomechanics in which the feet, legs and body work as they should. For the feet, this means they pronate to absorb shock as the foot strikes the ground, and then supinate to form a rigid lever for even push-off. The pronation and supination occur appropriately during the gait cycle and do not occur excessively.

ARE NEUTRAL FEET COMMON?

About a quarter of the population have a neutral foot type. It is also possible for one foot to be neutral while the other over or under-pronates or has excessive supination.

HOW DO I TELL IF I HAVE A NEUTRAL FOOT?

Even wear across the heel of your footwear can indicate a neutral foot type and gait, but it’s best to get an accurate assessment.

FootBalance retailers offer a free foot analysis to help you learn more about your feet.

WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE A NEUTRAL FOOT OR GAIT?

FootBalance custom insoles support every foot type properly in the neutral position to aid in a balanced stance and facilitate good foot function. This can help improve body alignment and mechanics and prevent injuries.

WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE A NEUTRAL FOOT OR GAIT?

FootBalance custom insoles support every foot type properly in the neutral position to aid in a balanced stance and facilitate good foot function. This can help improve body alignment and mechanics and prevent injuries.

IS A NEUTRAL GAIT GOOD?

Our bodies will adapt to any gait. What is important is if your own gait is causing your body to compensate in an inefficient or unhealthy manner. For example, have you experienced injuries that could be associated with your gait or alignment? Is your body working efficiently?

Having a neutral foot and gait contributes to good overall body alignment in which ankles, knees and hips are not strained inward or outward. This facilitates good overall biomechanics, which help prevent excess strain on the muscles, joints and spine, reducing the risk of many types of injuries.

SHOULD I WEAR INSOLES IF I HAVE A NEUTRAL FOOT OR GAIT?

It depends on the insole! Don’t wear an insole that doesn’t fit your foot shape, has poor support that interferes with your gait, or is overly rigid. These can harm your feet. Many people with neutral feet enjoy wearing FootBalance custom insoles for the support, comfort and customized fit that they add to their footwear. Our patented core works dynamically with your feet to help keep muscles active and healthy to help prevent the development of overpronation.


SO IF I HAVE A NEUTRAL FOOT I DON’T REALLY NEED TO WORRY, RIGHT?

Over time foot type can change due to age, weight gain or the cumulative strain of high impact activities. Most commonly overpronation develops. Supporting your feet properly can help prevent this.

Overpronation

Overpornation

When the arch collapses too much and the foot rolls inward excessively, distributing weight unevenly. It is considered one of the most common foot misalignment.

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EXCESSIVE SUPINATION

Supination

When the foot leans to the outside. Weight is distributed along the outside. Also known as under-pronation, which reduces the body’s natural shock absorbing capability.

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ABOUT YOUR ARCHES

Arch

Each of us has different type of arches. Footbalance insoles can be further customized as support for all type of arches.


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