Shoes and Preventing Foot Problems - foot Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, Foot Specialist, Toronto, ON
Podiatrist Sheldon Nadal discusses How to Choose Shoes and Preventing Foot Problems http://www.footcare.net
Examining old shoes before buying new ones can help you evaluate your wear patterns and buy new shoes with a better fit and style that compensates for the stresses you place on shoes.
What are your shoes trying to tell you? Here is a translation of basic wear patterns:
• A bulge and wear to the side of the big toe means too-narrow fit or you have a bunion.
• Outer sole wear means you turn your foot out. Orthotics may help.
• Toe-shaped ridges on the upper means your shoes are too small or you have hammertoes.
• Wear on the ball of the foot means your heel tendons may be too tight.
• Wear on the inner sole means you pronate or turn your foot inward. Inner liners or orthotics may help.
• Wear on the upper, above the toes means the front of your shoe is too low.
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