The Best Shoes for Back Pain
Last week we talked about which shoes cause the worst back pain. Were you surprised to see that flip-flops, flats, and toning sneakers were just as much to blame for back pain as high heels were?
Whether you have back pain or just want to prevent it, one of the most important tools you can use to relieve and prevent the pain is to wear the right shoes. Yes, something as simple as your choice in footwear can determine your back pain. Think about it. You spend a good portion of your day on your feet. If your shoes are not supportive or just the slightest bit uncomfortable, they will cause you to alter your posture, which can then aggravate the spine and nerves in the back. Here are some key elements in what to look for in a shoe and how your footwear can help prevent back pain.
What to Look for In Shoes
Look for supportive shoes that offer an ample amount of cushion and support for your foot. Your natural arch should be supported. Also, look for shoes that have shock absorbers in them, especially if you plan on doing a lot of walking or exercise.
For those with a back injury, it is important to not walk barefoot too often. Instead, wear a comfortable supportive shoe instead so that your back will heal without so much pain.
Replace Shoes Often
It is a good idea to replace your shoes every 3-4 months. Most shoes wear down and lose their full support after a lot of wear. This is also why it is best not to buy used shoes. You just don’t know how much life is left in used shoes, and they can cause more back pain.
Shoes That Are Custom Fit for You
Some individuals have uniquely shaped feet, and it is just best to get a shoe custom fitted for your needs. Many companies are offering a way for individuals to get a shoe that is custom made for their foot shape and body weight. These shoes can better support the body.
Am I Stuck With Tennis Shoes?
When looking for shoe choices that support that natural arch and cushion the foot, it can seem like only tennis shoes will work. For those who have to work in a sophisticated atmosphere, wearing sneakers with a suit just does not cut it. However, there are several brands and shoe designers that have sought out to make fashionable shoes that are comfortable and easy on the back. However, these shoes will most likely cost a little bit more.
To makeover some of the shoes in your closet, try adding supportive insoles. Many companies make insoles and shoe support to transform your killer high heels into a more comfortable pair of shoes.
What If I Have to Wear Uncomfortable Shoes?
Unfortunately, we are not always going to be able to wear the shoes with the best back support. For example, if you are a part of a wedding, you rarely have a say in what goes on your feet. For occasions like this, be sure to take mini breaks from standing too long and drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated. When you are able to take your shoes off, roll your feet on a tennis ball and do a few simple back stretches.
Don’t let your fashionable shoes dictate your status for back pain. Invest in shoes that will make your feet and back feel good. It is worth a little extra money now than more money later to relieve back pain.