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How To “Read” Your Shoes

From an item by the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society

Bringing in old shoes when you’re buying new ones can be helpful if you have a knowledgeable salesperson. She can evaluate the wear patterns to help you get a better fit as well as a style that will compensate for the stresses you place on shoes.

What are your shoes trying to tell you? Here are the basic wear patterns:

Wear on the ball of the foot:

  • Your heel tendons may be too tight. Stretch with heel raises.

Wear on the inner sole:

  • You pronate or turn in. Inner liners or orthotic supports may help.

Toe shaped ridges on the upper:

  • Shoes are too small or you have hammertoes.

Outer sole wear:

  • You turn out. Orthotics may help.
  • A bulge and wear to the side of the big toe:

  • A too-narrow fit or you have a bunion.

Wear on the upper, above the toes:

  • The front of your shoe is too low.

This society publishes Patient Education Resources with many fact sheets on maintaining healthy feet to be used as discussion starters with your health care providers.
The society has a Facebook page and can be followed on Twitter.




October 13, 2010 - Posted by | Health Education (General Public) |

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