Many factors can contribute to back pain: health conditions such as scoliosis, poor posture, and demanding jobs are just a few common culprits. However, have you ever considered that the shoes you wear could also be contributing to your back pain? Regardless of the cause of your back pain, the best thing you can do is to see a chiropractor for assessment and treatment. In the meantime, however, you might want to re-assess your shoe wardrobe and swap out the sandals and heels for shoes that will be more conducive to a healthy spine.
Any time you're planning on spending a substantial amount of time on your feet, a pair of tennis shoes will provide your arches and spine with the support you need throughout the day. Whether you're heading out for a day of shopping at the mall or going for a jog around the block, tennis shoes are your ideal option. Sure, they may not be as stylish as some of the other shoes in your wardrobe, but do you really want to sacrifice comfort for style?
If, after meeting with your chiropractor, you learn that one of the causes of your back pain is a foot problem, then your next visit should be with a podiatrist (also known as a foot doctor). During your appointment, there's a good chance that you'll be fitted for a custom orthotic, which is a pair of shoes that's specially designed to conform to your feet and provide you with the support you need to correct the foot problem that's causing your back pain. A custom orthotic can only be obtained with a prescription, so make sure to schedule an appointment with your referred specialist right away.
Another type of shoe to consider picking up for yourself is the "minimalist" shoe. These shoes come in a variety of styles to suit your fashion preferences, but they're all similar in the sense that they cause the foot to hit the ground with the middle or front of the foot first (instead of the heel). This is healthier for the feet and back, and can lead to a reduction in back pain over time.
Now that you know which shoes are best for those with back problems, you can better plan which shoes you're going to wear before leaving the house each day to reduce your back pain.
For more information, contact Rockwood Chiropractic or a similar location.