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Shoes You Should Avoid to Prevent Back Pain

By Virginia Laird

Each year, millions across the nation struggle with back pain. Much of the time this pain can be linked to a variety of shoes. Chiropractors admit that there are a few shoes those who suffer with back pain should completely avoid. A few of these include:

  • Flip-flops are not good for the back
  • High heels can cause damage
  • You should never borrow shoes

Flip-Flops Are Not Good For the Back

Chiropractors suggest that although flip-flops are a comfortable shoe, they are not the best when it comes to protecting the back from pain. This type of shoe offers no support to the foot. Chiropractors suggest that a shoe that offers little to no support can begin to alter the natural stride, which can lead to restriction in the spine, and pain. Keep your flip-flop habit to a minimum this spring to help prevent back pain.  

High Heels Can Cause Damage

High heels are a fashionable shoe which many long to wear. While these can seemingly dress up any outfit, high heels are a burden for the back. Chiropractors teach that such shoes offer no cushion and often alter the stride. High heels shift the weight of the body, which can put stress and strain on the joints of the spine. Many who make wearing these shoes a daily habit may suffer from injury, some of which may be irreparable. Chiropractors suggest that those who insist on wearing heels should keep them to, at most, two inches or shorter to protect from back pain. Still, it is recommended to avoid these shoes as often as possible.

You Should Never Borrow Shoes

When it comes to needing a shoe that you do not own, like for a special occasion, many call a friend asking to borrow the shoes needed. However, chiropractors insist that this is a bad idea. Research suggests that everyone's foot is different and shoes (the cushions) form to the foot. When you borrow someone else's shoes this can cause pain for the foot, which inevitably leads to back pain.

As you begin to look through your closet, tossing all the shoes which have led to back pain, it maybe wise to consider a trip to The Joint Chiropractic in your community. With more than 450 locations nationwide you are sure to find one nearby. And with no appointment necessary, you are sure to be seen when you need it most. Start making back pain a thing of your past right away!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Spanish Fork, Utah.

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