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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
March 08, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: hammertoes   Bunions   Fractures   Ankle Sprains  

A pair of shoes that you’ve worn for a long time would have a lot to say about your feet if they could talk. Our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker will often examine the shoes of patients because they can reveal important clues about the structure and mechanics of your feet. Below are some things the foot doctor can determine by checking the wear pattern of your shoes:

  • Wear on the outer sole indicates that your foot turns out.
  • A bulge or excessive wear on the side of the big toe can mean you have bunion or that your shoes are too tight in the toe box.
  • If the sole of the shoe under the ball of your foot is deteriorating your heel tendons may be too tight.
  • Uppers that have toe-shaped ridges most likely belong to a patient who has hammertoes or whose shoes are too small.
  • If the wear is greater on the inner sole it means that your foot pronates or turns inward.
  • A worn look on the top of the shoe over your toes is an indication that the front of the shoe is too low for the wearer.

Why Wear Patterns Matter

Rarely is the structure and movement of a foot perfect. Abnormalities in the way the foot moves, even slight ones, can have a negative impact on foot health. If your foot tends to overpronate (roll inward excessively) this can cause strain to the arch and knee trouble. The opposite tendency, underpronation, can increase the risk of stress fractures and ankle sprains. At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM, we can make recommendations about athletic and other shoes to best suit your feet and prevent injury. In some cases custom orthotics may be helpful in correcting a structural foot issue. This will decrease pain and may help increase performance on the field or in a particular activity.

Before you throw away those old shoes and buy new ones, consult the foot doctor to see just what your shoes are saying about your feet. To learn more, contact our Washington office by calling: (724) 225-7410.

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