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Hello all

Hope it's not a daft question to ask but what would be the reason for the wall of my shoe (foam part) left foot, inner heel part to wear away quicker than the other foot?

My left shoe always seems to be a little tighter anyway even though they are both laced the same. The right shoe is totally untouched.

It's left a hole about the size of a 1p piece.

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have you checked the wear of all your shoes not just your running shoes to see if the wear pattern is consistant with your left footed shoes? as most people have a more prominent weight bearing foot which usually is slightly wider, are you left or right footed?
 

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Thanks for your reply.

Just checked a couple of work shoes and yes the wear seems to be the same. Might sound daft but it's only seems to be since I started running (last November) that left shoes seem to be tighter. I would say I was right footed.

Thanks again......oh forgot to say that I don't seem to have the same problem with my flip flops :)

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out of interest.. how old are the shoes?

also bodies arnt symetrical.. you might twist/ land differently on that side, or had an injury at some point that changes how ur bio mechanics work..

i think u can get a special assessment other than gait analysis that would prob flag up this sort of thing
 

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a quick test, try to get on a tread mill in bare feet or socks if you don't have a thin soled race shoe, run your normal pace, you will feel your more prominent foot sole get hotter then the non prominent foot, this is down to you hitting the floor harder and pushing off harder even though mentally your not aware of it. You may of bought the wrong shoes, supportive instead of cushioning or vice versa, what are you running in?
 

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Hi guys

Shoes are almost a year old, Asics Gel 1120.

Just started running a year ago and did not want to spend too much to start with in case I did not like it. Was planning to have my gait checked a few weeks ago but could not get round to it. Will definately be getting it done over the next month or so.

Looking at the wear on the soles, shoes pointing forward and turned upside down there is slight wear on the inside. Heel wear is on the outside. Shoe with the hole on heel has the same wear.

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how many miles have they done?
its reccomend that shoes are replaced every 6months or 500miles ish anyway so it might just be they have worn out
 

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sounds like you've been wearing them from day to day and not running that much as to identify the problem now nearly a year since you've started running you must not of been doing the milage, as Beasty says shoes last about 500 miles before the cushioning breaks down and most serious runners cover this in less then a couple of months and have various shoes for training and racing, suggest you get your gait done from a reliable source and buy a good pair of shoes that suit your need for running and have a pair for day to day wearing.
 

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Hi

Did a 7k this morning and definately the left foot seems to hit the ground harder than the right.

Run three times a week and only use them for running. According to my makeshift excel spreadsheet I have run approx 382 miles since last November. Lightweight I know.

Yes, will be getting my gait checked in the coming weeks and maybe treat myself to something better for me feet.

Thanks to all for responding.

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Dont forget the 500 mile thing is only a guide. Heavier runners will wear trainers faster and really efficient runners could get a lot more.

If the trainers are worn out then it is time to change them.
 

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Hrun

Thanks, I'm pretty lightweight, 70kg. When I started running last November I was 79kg or so!

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So many factors come into trainer wear, weight is just one of them, but one of the overriding factors I would say is running efficiency. an efficient midfoot striker will wear cushioning down at a much slower rate than somone who forcefully strikes with their heel, regardless of their weight ;)

As has also been mentioned, very rarely are we symmetrical, and the level of imbalance varies from person to person. (for example, my left foot is more or less neutral, whereas my right foot overpronates and requires support).

It sounds like you're a regular runner now, so get yourself over to a running specialist for a gait analysis and new pair of trainers ;)
 

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Hi Richard

Thanks for your reply.

I've a dental check up in October and the running shop is nearby so will kill two birds with one stone!

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Gary
 
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