What can shoe wear patterns reveal?

Your shoes have a lot to tell you about how you walk! Wear patterns across the tread and even the outside of the sole and uppers can reveal much about your foot structure, gait, and biomechanics. For example:

  • Excess tread wear concentrated on the inside of the shoe could mean overpronation or flat feet.
  • Excess tread wear concentrated on the outside of the shoe could mean supination or high arches.
  • Wear that is not symmetrical between left and right shoes could indicate over-striding or a discrepancy in leg length.
  •  Toe ridges on the top of the upper probably means you shoe is too small or you have hammertoes.
  • Bulging in the toe box, particularly at the base of the big toe, probably means your shoe is too narrow or you have a bunion.
  • Cracks and lines alone the outside of the shoe show compression in the cushioning, meaning impact forces aren’t being absorbed efficiently.

Clues such as these can help you identify a problem that needs addressing, as well as provide guidance on what to look for in your next pair. They also indicate that it’s probably time to see Dr. Harvey Danciger for a physical exam of your feet, especially if you’ve been dealing with chronic pain or fatigue in the feet and legs. Give us a call at 760-568-0108 to schedule your appointment.

Dr. Harvey Danciger
Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle