Choosing The Right Shoes For Sufferers of Low Back Pain
If you are one of the millions of Americans dealing with lower back pain, the answer as to why may literally be right at your feet. Besides appearance aesthetic reasons, people do not often consider the effect the shoes they are wearing will affect their back. Something as simple as a small gel insert may help prevent the pain you feel after a night out on the town wearing your favorite pair of dancing shoes. Fortunately if you follow a few simple tips and learn what to look for, you could be doing your back a huge favor.
Telltale Signs of A Bad Shoe
Experts liken our feet to the foundations of a building and as important as it is to choose the right concrete, choosing the right shoes can make all the difference. it is common to see women on daily basis wearing either high heels or flats. Unfortunately, despite the common misconception that flats would be better, they can both equally affect your back in a negative way.
Heels cause you to lean forward and therefore change your center of gravity, in turn making it necessary to compensate for this and causing increased strain on your lower back muscles.
Flats, being on the opposite end of the spectrum, can cause pain by providing no arch support at all. This, in turn, puts increased strain on your foot muscles and leading to a negative change in your gait, or the way how you walk which most often turns into lower back pain.
Men are not impervious to this as well. You might enjoy wearing that nice pair of loafers you have or, as in the case of many of college age, wearing day in and day out only flip-flops will never do wonders for either your posture or your back.
Shopping For Back Friendly Shoes
As with most things in life, the key to key to success is moderation. And when it comes to lower back pain relief, keeping from getting stuck in a rut can be beneficial for your back health. So the big question is what should you wear to prevent or reduce back pain?
Though we harped on the reasons why you should not wear certain types of footwear, you do not need to avoid completely. One of the key things to look for in a shoe is that it will provide ample arch support as well as sufficient space for your toes. Another key area of importance are shoes that contain shock absorbing features and materials. Some of the best shoes for almost any situation are a good pair of running or walking shoes. Not only will they provide you with all the needed support to help avoid lower back pain, they can help you relieve or prevent pain in other areas such as your legs and feet.
But if you really do not want to trade in your fancy shoes for a pair of sneakers, there is always the option of using a pair of orthotic insoles or inserts. That way you will not have to worry about your shoes cramping your style while avoiding and unnecessary back strain.
Lower Back Pain Can Affect Anyone
Whether you are a keyboard warrior or a marathon junkie, choosing the right pair of shoes can either help you prevent or reduce any lower back pain you are currently experiencing. As the saying goes “a building is but a house of cards without a good foundation” and, when it comes to your body, your feet serve as that foundation. That is why choosing the right shoes to complement both your feet and activity can greatly help improve your quality of life.
As all people who live with back pain know as it seeps into every aspect of your life and keeps you from doing the things you need to do, and the things you love doing. If your pain persists, contact the Spine Institute. Our spine specialists in New Jersey will investigate the root of your pain and come up with a plan to tackle it. Call 973-538-4444 or contact us online to set an appointment.