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The 4 Worst Shoes for Back Pain

Having back pain issues? Look down for the source of the problem. That’s right, your back pain may be coming from the shoes you wear every day.  Before you say, “I don’t wear high heels," know that high heels aren’t the biggest back pain offender.

High Heels

Yes, high heels can cause back pain, even though they are not alone. The fashion industry is obsessed with creating the illusion of never-ending long legs. Wearing high heels that are more than an inch high causes you to walk with your back bent. Wearing high heels can also put a lot of stress on your knees too.


Flats or ballet shoes are one shoe that can cause back pain. Are you surprised? Majority of the flats on the market can actually cause 25 percent more impact on your back than wearing high heels. This is because most flats are made of thin material and do not offer support to your natural arch. Some companies are starting to make orthopedic flats that actually support your foot like a tennis shoe, but other than that, flats should be avoided.

Flip Flops

Like flats, flip flops are not good for your feet either. Since you have to tighten your toes to keep the flip flop on, you walk in an unnatural way, causing strain on your legs and back. Most flip flops are also made of cheap and thin material which does not support your foot. We have all seen flip flops so thin that the person might as well have been barefoot. In fact, going barefoot may have been better for their backs.

One of the worst shoes on the market are toning shoes. These shoes are extremely popular for those looking to tone up without putting the time in at the gym. They are an expensive way to get back pain. Since they are off balanced, they put more stress on your joints and back. Studies have shown that these toning shoes don’t even work for toning or weight loss. If that is not bad enough, the thick insert in the shoe also causes your foot to walk in a flat position and absorb more shock.

We are guessing that getting rid of these four problem shoes means getting rid of most if not all of your shoes. So what is a shoe lover supposed to do? We have some great shoe buying tips for you next week. We will show you that you can have fashion without the back pain.


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