Flip your shoes and see where is the maximum wear and tear happening.
Shoes not only helps us in Walking, Running or completing an outfit but also tell us the story about how we walk and run. They can alert us to problems with our walking and running style.
You are an OVER PRONATOR (First image) if the bottom of your shoes shows wearing on the inside edges of your heels and balls of the feet. 70 percent of population Overpronates while walking and running.
The reason for overpronation is Too Flexible Foot. The feet of overpronators collapse too much and don’t get a good, rigid push-off when they step because their foot is rolled in onto their arch. This can lead to problems such as soft-tissue damage, Plantar fascitis, hip pain and tendonitis.
You are SUPINATOR (Second Image) if the bottom of your shoes shows wearing on the outside of your heels and balls of the feet. 10 percent of population Supinates while walking and running.
The reason for Supination is Too Rigid Foot. Supinators have arches that are raised too much, so they don’t absorb shock very well when their feet first hit the ground. This can lead to stress fractures, IT band syndrome (a tightening of the ligaments connecting the pelvic and shin bones that can cause hip and knee pain) and bone injuries.
If you have a NORMAL WEAR PATTERN (image 3) you are one of those 20 percent of the lucky population who may not face many problems while walking and running.
If you don’t have Normal Wear Pattern, don’t be scared.
There are guidelines which will help prevent you from injuries when you run.
- If you have pain while running, check your sole and if prominent wearing is observed – TIME to buy new shoes.
- If a change in shoes doesn’t help, then orthotics (removable devices worn inside shoes specifically designed to reduce abnormal foot motion or relieve stress to painful areas) may be a good option.
- Still, if the pain persists, its time to take an appointment with your physiotherapist (physical therapist) and undergo Running/Gait analysis.
The patterns of wear on the bottom of your shoes can let you know if something is wrong. Don’t ignore it and address it immediately so to enjoy uninterrupted running and prevent injuries.
Dr. Mansi Parikh.
Co-Founder EndoRush App