Your footprints tell a lot about you! Obviously if I followed the trail of your footprints, I could find out where you’re heading. But if I examined your footprints a little more closely, I could tell how you’re walking. I could determine if you had a normal step pattern, i.e. when you take a step forward, your foot typically hits the ground heel first and rolls toward your toes, flattening the arch slightly. Or I could tell if you over-pronate or under-pronate. Footprints have a lot to say…
Let’s delve a little deeper. If you over-pronate, your foot rolls too much toward the inside. If you under-pronate, your foot rolls too much to the outside. Each of these have their own issues. Over-pronation can lead to possible arch strain and pain on the inside of the knee. Under-pronation can leave you vulnerable to ankle problems. I had a professor in school that worked in the forensics department in Philadelphia Police, and helped them figure out what shoe imprints in the ground at a crime scene said about the person’s weight, stride, etc to help build a better picture of the criminal. Maybe I could play him in a TV series. Instead of L. A. Law, they could call it P.A. POD?
Am I the only one here old enough to remember LA Law? I used to love that show. Anyway, enough dreaming; back to the blog.
Reading Your Footprint
So, how can you tell if you have a “normal” footprint? Here’s a simple way to tell. Put your feet in water and then stand on a piece of cardboard. A classic footprint will have a curve inward, but not greater than 3/4 ” at its greatest part. If you see your entire foot, you are most likely flat-footed. If the curve of the footprint is very “small” in the center, you probably have a high arch.
Finding the Right Shoes for Your “Footprint”
- If your footprints were mostly normal, find shoes that offer a good blend of cushioning, medial support, and durability.
- If you have flat feet, find shoes with good arch support or use inserts to help support the arch.
- If you have high-arched feet, wear shoes with significant cushioning in the arch area.
If you are looking for a podiatrist in the Sarasota-Bradenton area, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday right away for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in his Bradenton Podiatry office or Sarasota Podiatry office.