If you have back pain, life can come at you fast. You have to concentrate physical and mental energy regardless of what task you are trying to perform. However, there are simple things we recommend you do in order to lessen the impact that back pain has on your life. Whether you are an active runner, just on your feet a lot of the time, or in a suit throughout the day, picking the correct shoes for the task is very important.
Choosing the Best Shoes for Back Pain
First, let’s start with those of you that are runners. Running is a great way to get away from it all to relieve stress – unless you suffer from back pain. Choosing the right shoe so that you can eliminate or dampen the pain can make all the difference. In order to choose the correct shoe, you should go to a shoe-specific store, especially when it comes to running. Everyone steps differently, rolls the foot differently, and has a different “impact zone” when they run. Figuring out the proper shoe to suit your style is imperative. Most brands offer shoes to fit the style you require, whether you need a supportive shoe for overpronation (inward roll of the foot after landing) or a stable shoe for those who have high arches.
Keep in mind that the amount of cushion a particular shoe has can be important but is mostly related to the “feel” of it. Some like a cushioned landing, others prefer a stiffer one.
As we mentioned, most manufacturers offer shoes to fit your needs, but we like the New Balance Men’s Motion Control Running Shoe. This shoe has a good amount of cushion, while also providing arch support.
Another good shoe, especially for those with less force to their arch during impact, Nike’s Free series a good, light-weight choice as well. The line offers many different options, so you can be sure to find the perfect shoe for your morning jaunts.
Choosing the Best Casual Shoes for Back Pain
As is the case with the running shoes, choosing the correct casual shoe comes down to your stride, the arches in your feet, etc. As a general rule though for those women out there with back pain, it is a good idea to try and avoid heels –or at least very high heels. Wearing heels can cause you to compensate for the traditional alignment of your body being off. This compensation can lead to back, and for those already suffering from back pain, it can exacerbate it.
On the other side of the spectrum, women and men with flat feet should avoid wearing very flat shoes, The arch of your feet is there to provide suspension and cushion for the impact of taking a step. If you have flat feet paired with flat shoes, there is nothing to soften the impact.
The best shoe for the casual dress is a slip-on, believe it or not. Vionic has been known for a while to produce fantastic shoes that offer support and alleviate back pain. We recommend checking out the latest casual shoe, the Vionic Eli Slip-On for men. For women, take a look at their Kenya Loafer.
Choosing the Best Dress Shoes for Back Pain
Let’s be honest, most of us that wear dress shoes chose those shoes for the look, not necessarily the comfort. Anyone who has ever been a member of a wedding party can attest to this (seriously, it’s like they TRY to make everyone uncomfortable). So, how do you look good, be comfortable and keep your back from aching? Well, choose a dress shoe built to fit correctly. Always go and try the shoes on. This may sound simple, but if the shoes are comfortable, that’s a good start. If you have a narrow foot, don’t buy wide dress shoes and vice versa. For women, those shiny new heels make look great, but if your toes are squeezed down into the toe, that will lead to pain.
Dress shoes can be a little tougher to find, but the folks over at Orthofeet have several collections for men and women that provide what you need if you are looking for support and comfort to reduce back pain. For men, we personally like the Gramercy shoe, though the Lincoln Center is nice as well. And while it isn’t the flashiest shoe ever made, the Chelsea is a very classy shoe for women.
Keep in mind, these are just very few recommendations. If there is one thing we want to stress with this article, however, it is to please get a proper shoe fitting, regardless of the type of shoe you are looking for. Avoid the flash sales on the Internet or at the department store. See a professional and make sure you get the right shoes for the need.