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Your shoes can tell a lot about your feet. And your feet are connected to the rest of your body, so actually your feet can tell you a lot about your gait, potential body issues, and body structure. Using the information that your shoes give you, is a great way to learn about which shoes are right for you and which shoes you should avoid.

  1. Worn Out Inner Heels – Place your shoes on a flat surface and look at the backs. If your heels are evenly worn down, you are one of a very small percentage of people who step evenly. If your shoes are worn out inside, you are a pronator. Pronators usually have more knee, hip, and back issues and can also have flat feet or collapsed arches.
  2. Worn Out Outer Heels – Heels that are worn out on the outside means you are a supinator. Supinators lean on the outsides of their feet and are more prone to ankle sprains and injuries.
  3. Worn Down Inside (Ball of your foot) – Check the insides of your shoes. Do you notice that the area where the balls of your feet touch your shoes are worn out? This may mean that you walk more on your toes. To fix this issue, you will have to fix your gait so that you are walking more evenly on your feet. Excess toe walking can lead to bunions or other foot deformities.
  4. Odors – If you have an odor coming from your shoe, you should check to see if you have any foot fungus or bacterial issues. Make sure your shoes are cleaned properly and your socks are either thrown out or cleaned in very hot water. If the foot odor continues to persist, you may need a topical ointment or a change in the type of shoes you wear. Thick socks that don’t absorb sweat very well can also create a very unpleasant environment for your feet. Make sure all of your shoes are odor free before putting them on!

Dr. Kenneth R. Wilhelm of Clifton Foot & Ankle Center  has been treating patients for over eighteen years. If you have any questions call our Centreville, VA office at 703-996-3000 or make an appointment here.

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