When you have chronic pain in various parts of your body, be it your knees, hips, back or neck, the last place you may think of looking for a clue as to the source of your problem is at your shoes. But, in fact, one of the tell-tale-signs of the cause of your chronic pain is in your shoe heels.
Below are pieces taken from five articles that I’ve written on the subject of uneven heel wear in shoes. Each title links to the article in its entirety. The information within will give you a good insight into the probable cause of your chronic pain.
What It Means If The Inside Or Outside Heel Of Your Shoes Wears Out
This article talks about how, when you walk, your foot should move from heel to toe in a linear (straight) line. But if it doesn’t, and instead moves from heel to toe in a twisting fashion, when you look at the bottom of your shoes, the heels and soles wear unevenly. The various reasons for this twisting are explained.
Uneven Shoe Heel Wear Indicates A Likely Cause Of Your Joint Pain
Uneven shoe wear is also a tell-tale sign that you have bad posture, which means that all the weight bearing joints in your body will be misaligned. Your pelvis will be rotated forward (sway back), your shoulders will be rotated forward (hunching) and you will have a forward head position. If you don’t do something that fixes this misalignment, your bad posture will continue and your joint pain will become chronic.
Are Uneven Shoe Heels Pointing To The Cause Of Your Back Pain?
If you have chronic back pain, your spine may be unlevel. The spine is usually unlevel because the pelvis is unlevel. The pelvis is usually unlevel because the hips are forwardly rotated. The hips are usually forwardly rotated because you are unevenly wearing down the heels of your shoes. This takes us to the bottom line – What’s causing your shoe heels to wear down unevenly? Find out in this article.
Could Hip Pain And Uneven Heel Wear Be Pointing Out A Problem In Your Feet?
When your shoe heel is worn down unevenly on the outside, it’s a much less stable position then when the entire heel is worn evenly. This is why:
Applying the biomechanical model (engineering principles to the human skeletal framework) to human gait (walking): If the body’s weight is concentrated on the outside of the heel bone at heel contact, this weight concentration is transmitted upwards through the knee joint into the hip joint. In time, this uneven distribution of force through the hip joint will unevenly compress the cartilaginous caps of the bones in the hip. This leads to inflammation and symptoms that are labeled as osteodegenerative arthritis.
So in essence, uneven heel wear is a harbinger of impending hip pain.
If You Have Chronic Pain, Your Heel Wear Pattern May Tell You Why
This article talks about the correlation between your hurting feet, the chronic pain throughout your body and the heel wear pattern in your shoes. It also gives you some good examples of shoes that provide the greatest comfort and as well as those that will only contribute to having greater pain.
The Bottom Line In All These Articles On Uneven Shoe Heel Wear
If you have chronic foot, knee, hip, back or neck pain, chances are great that upon taking a look at your shoes, you will find that the heels wear unevenly – either the inside or the outside will be worn down. This is a tell-tale sign that you have an inherited, abnormal foot structure; either the Rothbarts Foot or PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity.
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Professor/Dr. Brian A. Rothbart
Chronic Pain Elimination Specialist
Discovered the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity
Developer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy
Inventor and Designer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Insoles
Founder of the International Academy of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy
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