Feet are the foundation of the body. If you walk improperly and wear the wrong shoes, your body must work harder to keep your whole body even, putting extra weight on your knees, hips and lower back. The right pair of shoes can promote good balance and posture while walking or exercising. There is not a specific brand of shoes that supports back pain but before purchasing a shoe there are a few things you should consider if you suffer from back pain.
Footwear Tips To Avoiding Back Pain
- The lower the heel the better! High heels throw off your alignment changing the center of gravity. This is causing extra stress and strain on the lower back, so you're not walking in a natural position.
- Do NOT wear heels for long periods of time. Most women wear heels in the work environment. Bring an extra pair of comfortable shoes to wear before coming into the office and change when you get there.
- Avoid wearing flip-flops for long periods of time. The lack of support stress and strain on joints and tendons.
- While looking for the right shoe choose shoes that match your activities. Running shoes look for high amounts of cushion and arch support, so they can also be used for walking and standing.
- Avoid opened-back & slide-on shoes. This can cause your shoes to come off easily and requires toe gripping that can lead to tension.
- Avoid super pointy narrow toe box shoes. The less space for the toes the more pressure is placed when you’re upright.
Over time walking the wrong way can lead to back conditions like bulging disc, sciatica, degenerative discs and pain. Finding the right comfortable shoe is very important in the long run. However, a doctor always recommends the best shoes for back pain relief. If you have any questions or would like to speak to a doctor call the Illinois Back Institute at 888-959-6822 for a FREE Consultation!