In today’s program Dr. Reminga, from Northern Foot Care Center, talks about the shoes you’re wearing and...what the bottoms of your shoes may be telling you. The bottom of your shoes can really tell a story. Have you looked at the bottom of your shoes lately? Well, it turns out that our shoes can do more than help us run a race or put the finishing touches on an outfit. They can also alert us to problems with our feet. So, go ahead and flip your shoes over and take a look.

In general there are 4 types of shoe patterns to be aware of. And keep in mind that it takes several weeks or months for wear patterns to establish on the bottoms of your shoes. Dr. Reminga discusses the 4 types of shoe wear patterns and what these patterns tell you about your feet such as, do you have one leg longer than the other? Do you have hip, back, or knee pain? In addition, Dr. Reminga says that people with a torn ACL, which is a main ligament in the knee, often show uneven wear on the bottom of their shoes. As well as those people with degenerative discs in the spine. They can show extreme wear patterns on one shoe. Even a pinched nerve in the spine can create a heavier drag on one side of the body. Whatever, the source... a biomechanical misalignment of the body is occurring and shows up as a wear pattern on the bottom of your shoes. Dr. Reminga goes on to ask this question…. Are your shoes tipping inward when laying flat on a tabletop? If they are tipping inward, it’s likely you pronate or have a flat foot. Or, if your shoes are tipping outward you may supinate or have a supinator pattern. With this type of foot pattern a person doesn’t absorb shock very well. Runners with high arches, that show a supinator pattern, often need the help of corrective inserts to prevent injuries and correct their structural issues.

Listen to find out more about these interesting subjects. Dr. Reminga is a board certified foot and ankle specialist with over 30 years of experience. If you have any type of foot or ankle problem, Dr. Reminga can help.

Dr. Daniel Reminga's Weekly Radio Show "Your Feet Your Health" airs every Wednesday at 10 am & 5 pm on WKMJ 93.5FM, WMPL 920AM, WUPY 101.1FM radio. Listen to past recordings here.