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What Is Foot Eversion?

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

For anyone who runs – professional or amateur – foot posture is vital to improving performance and avoiding injury. Foot eversion refers to the outward tilting of the soles of your feet and to help you beat it we've written the definitive guide: What Is Foot Eversion?

Foot eversion can lead to a sprained ankle and harm your performance

Inversion and Eversion

Eversion is the tilting of the sole of your foot outwards, away from the midline of the body during movement. It is the opposite of inversion, which describes the tilting of the sole of your foot inwards towards the midline of the body during movement. If you think you may have foot inversion – or would like to learn more about it – you can read our companion blog: What Is Foot Inversion?

What Causes Foot Eversion?

Like inversion, foot eversion is generally a result of poor posture in the foot and can creep in subtly as a result of weak inversion and eversion muscles. Frequently, it will not be identified before injury occurs.

What Are the Risks of Eversion?

Outward rolling of the foot is a very common cause of injury, particularly of sprained ankles. In general, both foot inversion and eversion increase the risk of injury during intensive, repetitive physical activity. Another significant impact is performance; correct foot posture is vital to getting the most out of your legs and reaching new levels of athletic achievement.

Who Is Susceptible to Foot Eversion?

Both inversion and eversion can occur in anyone's gait, but are primarily of concern to those undertaking physical activities including:

  • Runners
  • Joggers
  • Walkers
  • Triathletes
  • Professional and amateur athletes

How Can I Prevent Foot Eversion?

As with foot inversion, the key to preventing or reducing foot eversion is to work on normalising your foot posture throughout your gait. The best way to achieve this is with a comfortable and durable, performance focused insole, such as the Spenco Ironman Insoles. At the same time, you should be focusing on strengthening the inversion and eversion muscles in your ankle.

Our Recommended Insoles

Spenco Ironman Flexalign Arch Support Insoles

Spenco Ironman Flexalign Arch Support InsolesAvailable in Low Arch, Neutral Arch or High Arch variants, the Spenco Ironman Flexalign Arch Support Insoles offer bespoke, robust support to the full length of feet of all kinds. Their felxalign construction is designed to align the full foot and prevent the emergence of either eversion or inversion throughout your gait.


Spenco Ironman Flexalign Outdoor Support Insoles

Spenco Ironman Flexalign Outdoor Support InsolesBuilt for use in the great outdoors, Spenco Ironman Flexalign Outdoor Support Insoles prioritise both impact reduction and gait stabilisation. Also with a flexalign construction, these dynamic insoles are perfect for maintaining proper foot posture in more uneven and variable environments. They are an excellent choice for use by cross-country runners or hikers, or any athlete who competes off the track.


Spenco Ironman Flexalign Support Sports Insoles

Spenco Ironman Flexalign Support Sports InsolesIdeal for both training and recovery, the Spenco Ironman Flexalign Support Insoles are our top pick for rebuilding strength after an injury. Their impact reduction helps to prevent putting further strain on sensitive areas towards around your heel and ankle, while their flexalign body coverts that impact back into power in your stride. Like other flexalign insoles they work on the whole of your gait, maintaining improved posture in all phases of running.


Crisis Averted

Eversion and inversion both have the potential to do some damage to your feet and prevent you from achieving your full potential. Once identified, however, it is only a matter of careful training and appropriate footwear to get you back to exceeding your best.

If you have any thoughts or questions about foot posture leave a comment below! Alternatively, you can find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Tags: Foot and Ankle Pain, Insoles, Running, Fitness, Ankle Pain