In the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, a sneaker commercial famously asked the question, “Is it the shoes?” If you’re looking for the cause of back pain, the answer could very well be, “Yes.” Athletic shoes are meant to be used to protect your body from the rigors of exercise, but if you choose the wrong shoe or if you use them improperly, they can harm your back. At Total Chiropractic Care and Wellness, we’re committed to helping our patients live healthy lifestyles with as little pain as possible. We want to tell you what you need to know about the relationship between athletic shoes and back pain so you can make the right decisions when you choose your footwear.
Feet Can Affect Your Back
Making the wrong choice when you buy athletic shoes can lead to several problems. Footwear can affect your bones, hips and joints and making sure you have the right shoes can often save you from pain.
“Feet are like the foundation of a building,” according to Dr, John M. Giurini chief of podiatry of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. “They are the foundation of the body. If the feet are mechanically unsound, they can change the alignment of all the structures above them.”
Choosing the Right Athletic Shoes
Athletic shoes are probably the best choice for support, but it’s important that you don’t let being fashionable win out over being healthy. Choose sensible athletic shoes. And make sure you don’t overuse them. Dr. Lewis C. Maharam, a sports medicine practitioner wrote in the New York Daily News that you should put a maximum 500 mile limit on your running shoes and then replace them.
According to the American Chiropractic Association, (ACA) there’s no set of instructions you can follow to choose the right shoes. That’s because everyone has different features and different comfort levels. But there are different types of feet and you should match your foot type to the type of shoe you wear.
If you have normal feet with a normal-sized arch, your feet will land on the outside of the heel and roll slightly inward, according to ACA. The best type of athletic shoe for this type of foot would be stability shoes with a slightly curved shape.
If you have flat feet, you’ll have low arches and your feet will land on the outside of the heel and roll excessively inward. ACA recommends motion-control shoes or high-stability shoes with firm mid-soles. The shoes should be resistant to twisting or bending. You should also stay away from highly cushioned or highly curved shoes.
But if you have high-arched feet you will want cushioned shoes with plenty of flexibility to encourage motion. People with high arches tend to have feet which don’t absorb shock enough.
Total Chiropractic Care and Wellness Can Help You Manage Your Pain
Whatever shoes you choose, you should always want to make sure you monitor any pain you might be feeling. If you feel that you need relief from persistent back pain, Total Chiropractic Care can help. Dr. Todd Goldman has been practicing for more than 20 years and he’s certified in many types of chiropractic treatment. To get started contact us today.
Please note that the author of this piece is not a doctor and the information in this material is not intended as medical advice. Please consult your doctor or medical professional for specific information regarding your individual situation.