HOW CAN YOUR FOOTWEAR IMPACT YOUR BACK PAIN?
Feet are the foundation of our body; they are responsible for posture and the alignment of our back while holding up our body weight as we stand or move from one place to another. It is therefore important to evaluate the impact of footwear on the back as improper shoe gear can lead to back pain.
WHAT SHOULD PEOPLE WHO REGULARLY SUFFER FROM BACK PAIN LOOK FOR IN A SHOE?
ARE THERE ANY TYPES OF SHOES YOU SHOULD TRY TO AVOID?
High heels: I recommend looking for a shoe that has a 1.5 inch heel or wedge height rather than one that is completely flat as it places less tension on the Achilles tendon and will feel more comfortable. High heels or stilettos are also very harmful to your feet. A square toe is better than a tight confined shoe with a narrow toe box, but generally these stilettos exceed the recommended heel height of 1.5 inches. The higher the heel, the shorter strides, which means more pressure is placed on the balls of your feet. This throws off your center of gravity putting unneeded and unnecessary stress not only on your feet, but also on your knees and lower back. When a woman wears heels her sway is longer, her chest is pushed forward while her buttocks is further back. The body weight pushes forward so the center of pressure is moved towards the balls of the feet. The walk translates to be a more jerky stride rather than smooth which translates upwards affecting the alignment of her back.
Flip Flops: Walking with flip flops for prolonged periods of time allows our foot to collapse affecting our gait and posture, which can lead to a tremendous amount of stress not only to the foot but to the rest of the body. Our feet naturally pronate during the gait cycle, however when we wear flip flops we pronate for a longer period of time which then alters the biomechanics and distribution of pressure and weight across the foot. This imbalance may increase the progression of underlying foot deformities such as bunions and hammertoes and lead to painful conditions associated with excessive pronation such as arch/ heel pain, shin splints/ posterior tibial tendonitis, and Achilles tendonitis. This imbalance can then translate upward affecting other parts of the body such as our knees and back.
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