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Shoes and Back Pain–The Grimace Tells it all

Shoes and Back Pain—The Grimace Tells it All 


Shoes that cause back pain
Shoes that cause back pain

She looked great in her high-heels, but her face gave the impression that she had stepped on a nail. I have worked in the shoe industry for ten years. I like to say every shoe tells a story, and it does. In this case, the story was about a dark-haired beauty  who thought style was everything, and the hell with the pain.

“ I don’t think you should wear those shoes,” her boyfriend protested. “ You look very uncomfortable.”

“But they look great,” she said.

He just shook his head and smiled. He was smart enough to know that she wasn’t going to give up those “freaking hot stilettos.” Unfortunately, this is a decision that may come back to haunt our fasionista.  You’ll know what  I mean after reading this post. You’ll understand the connection between shoes and back pain .

Your Feet and Stress

Did you know that wearing inappropriate shoes could cause the back to feel stressed?

I can see the “give me a break” look on your face. Well, think about this.

Shoes are cushions, foundations, and levers that we use to walk, stand, run, job, and so on. If one wears correctly, fitted shoes it will promote a healthy posture. On the other hand, if one wears unsuitable fitting shoes, look out feet and back.

In one of my earlier posts, I spoke about the dangers of sitting too long. I warned that when we spend all of our day at a desk to pay the bills, our bodies often get stuck picking up the tab. I’m afraid I have to give a similar warning about spending all day in shoes that are wrong for your feet.

The feet are the number one target that starts normal back pain. In short, the first thing that hits the ground when you start to stand or walk is the ball of your foot, i.e. the heel. Once the heel hits the surface, the remaining sections of the foot start to follow, which promotes weight and stress throughout areas of the body. Feet problems alone can lead to back pain. Poor posture causes back pain, yet the condition is often characterized by inappropriate actions we take.

The Uncomfortable Facts


Wrong shoes for your back
Wrong shoes for your back

Fact: Wearing high-heels will slowly pull the weight of the entire body forward, thus corrupting the posture and arches of the back. High-heels are the leading cause of “Spondylolisthesis, a condition that is caused from slipping frontward on the lower back. (Lumbar)

The toes are designed to provide us support, yet when a person wears high-heels it causes the toes to affect the joints, since the toes will narrow, causing weight or pressure to the spine. Now, high-heels are sexy to both men and women, yet these heels are going to cost you a fortune down the road. You can look good in supported shoes that fit comfortably without damaging your ligaments, tendons, nerves, muscles, and so on.

I’m sorry to pop your bubbles  if you love high heels. Here’s the thing. Shoes that support our spine can reduce the odds of experiencing back pain. I don’t want to give a sermon, but I am a caregiver to a back pain sufferer. Take my word when I say back pain sucks big time. It’s something that you should do everything to avoid. So, this is what you need to do.

How to choose shoes

I recommend Orthotic  shoes. Orthotic shoes will support the feet and weight-bearing joints and muscles. Orthotic shoes have proven to reduce dysfunctions that emerge from the neurological system. In addition, the supportive shoes have proven to reduce injuries and pain emerging from abnormal conditions.

If you are diagnosed with posture conditions, such as osteoporosis, or gait, you can benefit from Orthotic shoes.

Here is another neat fact:

Did you know that you could wear two or more insoles from Dr. Scholl, fitting the insoles into your shoes prior to flipping them over, and achieve balance, which promotes a healthy spine? No, try it next time. I bet you it works.

Shoes make a difference to our spine, since the feet alone when abnormal can lead to back pain. If you are not wearing, supportive shoes that provide you a comfortable fit, you may want to invest in Orthotic shoes to relieve your back pain.

In addition to shoes, you can perform stretch workouts, and practicing leaning, sitting and lifting strategies to correct your actions and reduce back pain. For a review of some good strategies  you can check out  As I said, in that post: THE MOST IMPORTANT THING – don’t ѕtау in the same position for hours uроn hours! The best рlаn for prolonged ѕрinаl health iѕ to consistently alter your work environment – mоvе around, stand when possible, sit…just don’t ѕit in the same position fоr 8 straight hours!

Fact: If the spine is misaligned, it can lead to back pain

Duh, you knew that. Anyway, we misalign the spine when lifting incorrectly, wearing unsuitable shoes, and leaning, or sitting in position, incorrectly. You can correct the problems by getting the ball and chain in motion, and learning about your condition, followed by taking action to relieve your pain.

I’m not saying you shouldn’t buy great looking shoes. However, you don’t want to be the subject of an article the next time someone writes about shoes and back pain.

I like to hear from the readers so please leave me a comment below to let me know if this post helped you or if you have any questions.

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