Take out a pair of your older shoes and look at the heels. If the heels are worn out (consumed) on the outer side (See Photo 1), this is an indication that you have an inherited, abnormal foot structure known as the Rothbarts Foot. This common foot structure predisposes you to chronic muscle and joint pain.

If Your Shoes Could Talk, What Would They Say?

What do your shoes say about you? Certainly, the style of the shoe says a lot about your personality and fashion sense, but what about the way your shoes ‘wear out’, what does this say? This is a novel thought- probably something you’ve never given a moment’s reflection to. After all, what’s the big deal about worn out shoes – outside of the fact that it’s time to buy a new pair.

If the heels of your shoes wear down, you will most likely end up in chronic musculoskeletal pain. Let’s look closer.

Both the Rothbarts Foot and the Preclinical Clubfoot Deformity are foot structures that have not completed their development. As a result, if you have one of these two foot structures, your feet will twist from the moment you first start walking as a young child. This twisting motion causes the foot to land either hard on the outside of the heel of your shoe (if you have a Rothbarts Foot) or hard on the inside of the heel of your shoe (if you have a PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity).

This twisting motion in the foot not only affects your feet, it affects your entire body. That is, as this abnormal foot twists, ‘receptors’ on the bottom of your feet send distorted signals to your brain. The brain responds by distorting your posture. Over time, your bad posture causes stress and strain on your joints and muscles. The end result is inflammation and pain.

For some people the pain starts earlier in life, for others it begins later. But if you have a Rothbarts Foot or Preclinical Clubfoot Deformity your pain will most likely become chronic.

This downward spiral of bad posture, inflamed muscles and joints and a lifetime of chronic pain start when you take your first step. But this disabling experience can be arrested in its tracks when you know and effectively treat the cause of the problem, which is in your feet. Why not take off your shoes and check your heels now?

If your heels are worn out on the inner side (See Photo 2), this is an indication that you have an inherited, abnormal foot structure known as the PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity. This foot structure, which is more severe than the Rothbarts Foot, can predispose you to a lifetime of debilitating chronic pain.