If you suffer from sore calves, or unexplained pain in your feet, knees, or lower back, go grab a pair of your older shoes and flip them over. “Looking at the patient is definitive, but you can make a thumbnail sketch by looking at that,” said Richard Lind, DPM, a board-certified podiatric surgeon with Carmel Foot Specialists in Charlotte. Dr. Lind said when it comes to feet, everybody has a type. Looking at your shoe, if the outside edge is worn, you likely have a high arch and put all of the pressure on the outside of your foot.
|Dr. Richard Lind
“That high-arch foot is a much more rigid foot so they are a very hard heel striker and forefoot planter, so they’re going to be almost bowlegged, and they’re going to have some lateral knee strain,” Dr. Lind said. If your shoe is worn down on the inside edge, doctors say that’s because your arch collapses during walking, forcing your ankle to roll inwards.
Source: Ashley Daley, WCNC [6/20/18]
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
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