Shhhhhh....What Secrets are Your Shoes Telling You?
What secrets can you tell me?
Examining the bottoms of both shoes, inconsistent wear patterns on the heel and ball area might indicate one leg is shorter than the other. Uneven wear of the inside and outside edge may show a tendency to pronate or supinate (rolling to the inside or outside). This information is revealing and can offer guidance as to what shoes to purchase. Your shoes serve as a silent witness, so to speak. If you pronate, you require a motion control shoe in order to restore a normal gait. Pronators are susceptible to injuries such as runner’s knee and shin splints.
Those who are more prone to supination do not have good quality built-in shock absorbers. They need a bit of help to achieve a neutral cushioned position. Athletes who supinate tend to suffer ankle strains, stress fractures and plantar fasciitis.
Your shoes, your choice…
Style and brand preference is an individual choice. The final decision should be based on fit. There are many shoes to select from. Try shopping at an athletic shoe store where the sales clerks are familiar with their product.
Your podiatrist has a practiced eye and can help you look for indications of gait abnormalities that could benefit from special shoes or orthotics to correct your condition and restore balance. Call Drs. Brook and Northcutt at Dallas Podiatry Works, (972)566-7474 or (972)943-3323. Get a clue!
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