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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Top 100 Biomechanical Guidelines #28: Look for Asymmetry in Shoe Wear or Insert Wear Patterns

Which side pronates more (arch collapse)?

Learning to read the wear patterns of shoes and inserts can tell alot about how someone walks and runs. Here the patient wear pattern reveals increased wear in the right arch (noting more pronation on that side). The patient is overall more stressful to his right side with more heel and ball of the foot wear. Based on where the pain in the feet is, wear patterns can help in designing accommodative inserts to off weight the sore areas. Increased pronation on one side is normally on the longer leg, but 20% of the time on the shorter side.

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