If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably never given your foot type any thought when shopping for new shoes. To be honest, the first thing that comes to mind is whether or not I like the style and colour, but I am aware that knowing your foot type is critical for avoiding foot pain and accidents. Miguel Cunha, DPM, CEO of Gotham Footcare in New York City, shared a really simple and fool-proof approach with us to help you figure out how to establish your foot type and, by extension, which shoes you should wear.
How to figure out what sort of foot you have and what shoes you should wear
“Look at the bottoms of a pair of worn-in shoes to ascertain your foot type,” says Dr. Cunha. He explains that the wear pattern depicts where you accumulate the most pressure while walking. People who pronate (roll their feet inward) will find that the inside of their shoes is the most worn.
Because of the architecture of your foot, pronators may also endure discomfort and ailments like plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, shin splints, and inner knee soreness, according to Dr. Cunha. This is why it’s critical to wear a shoe that correctly supports your feet, or a support shoe.
On the other hand, if your shoes appear to be more worn-in on the outside, your feet will supinate (lean outward). “People who frequently sprain their ankles or suffer from outer knee pain are supinators, as their arches are higher and their feet roll outward.” Dr. Cunha adds that if your shoes are uniformly worn, you have a neutral foot type since your weight distribution is even across the foot. In each of these cases, a neutral or cushioning shoe is recommended.
Remember to consider your foot type first and style second the next time you go into a shoe store or browse online. To guarantee that your feet are supported and pain-free, either ask the salesperson which styles of shoes are appropriate for your foot type, or look up the style description online before making any decisions.
Do you have a problem with your feet? With these short foot stretches, you can show them some love:
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