What Are Your Shoes Trying to Tell You?


Did you know that shoes talk? Well at Gentle Professional Foot Care we “hear” a lot about your feet by examining your shoes. Take a few minutes to examine your shoes and listen to what they might be saying. It could help you prevent foot pain and discomfort.

“We’re too small.” Look at the toe box of your shoe and compare it to the width of the front of your foot. Do you wonder how all your toes fit inside of it? Is the toe box misshapen or distorted? Studies show that most people (some estimates are as high as 80%) are wearing shoes that are too small for them. Shoes that squeeze the toes together encourage ingrown toenails and toe deformities such as bunions. Do your foot a favor: get it professionally measured and then buy the correct size shoe for your foot.

“We’re a home for foot fungus.” This message from your shoe is usually more readily observed by your nose than your eyes. If there is a foul odor coming from your shoe, chances are there is a buildup of fungus or bacteria present. This can lead to athlete’s foot and fungal toenails. The shoes need to be disinfected and left to air out for several days. If you cannot get rid of the odor it may be time to discard that pair of shoes.

“We’re worn out.” Do you see any rips or tears in the shoe? Does it lack shape or appear to be stretched out? If so, your shoes may be showing you that they are too old and can no longer properly support your arch and ankles. Worn out shoes that are too loose can become a tripping hazard and can also cause your foot to move in foreign ways to help hold the shoe on. This can lead to foot trouble.

“You have faulty foot mechanics.” If the heels of shoes are more worn down than the rest, or if there is wear on the inside or outside of the sole, it may signal a structural problem with your foot. In this case, it’s important to have our podiatrist, Dr. Charles A. Suleskey, examine your feet to determine if there is a problem that requires treatment. With most podiatric disorders it’s best to diagnose them in the earliest stages before serious foot pain and impeded ability to walk occur. To make an appointment, contact our Venice office by calling: 941-493-7999.