Shoes and Lower Back Pain

Sports & Remedial Massage - Myaree

Did you know that wearing inappropriate shoes could cause back pain?

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

When people present to our clinic for a massage with back pain, we always examine the shoes they are wearing and their feet. I am sure you have all heard the kids song…

Toe bone connected to the foot bone
Foot bone connected to the heel bone
Heel bone connected to the ankle bone
Ankle bone connected to the shin bone
Shin bone connected to the knee bone
Knee bone connected to the thigh bone
Thigh bone connected to the hip bone
Hip bone connected to the back bone

This maybe a kids song, but it is totally true with how the body works. They are all connected.

The first thing that hits the ground when you start to stand or walk is 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 – from heel to ankle to knee to the lower back.

Incorrect footwear can cause the ankle to roll inward, outwards, not have enough flexion. These may sound like little innocent issues but over time they can lead to back pain. Poor posture causes back pain and wearing incorrect shoes can create poor dynamic posture. Dynamic posture is your posture in motion, as you move.

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

The toes are designed to provide us support, yet in many men’s business shoes and ladies shoes the toe box of the shoes is narrow. Causing the toes to be squashed together and cramped, nowhere to spread apart. This affects the arch of your foot and the sprig in your step, all of which put pressure on your spine.

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

All these things can throw your body out of alignment, cause strain on muscles, which ultimately lead to pain.

By choosing the right shoes you can reduce the odds of experiencing back pain.

How to choose shoes:

There are a few things to look for in a pair of shoes

  • A wide toe box, so your toes can spread apart like they are designed to do. This is so important to supporting the foot
  • No heel or very little heel lift. As mentioned above with the high heels, every cm affects your centre of gravity and tilt forward. This in turn affect the curve in your lumbar spine.
  • Shoes that have too much cushion and are too spongy can affect your proprioception.

I urge you to take a moment to have a look at your shoes and see if they fall into any of these categories. If you are not sure, we will be more than happy to assess your shoes, watch you walk and give recommendations that might help your back pain.

In our remedial massage clinic, we always look globally first – ankles – and then move locally to where the pain is – lower back – to find the root cause of the problem. This is what makes us unique in Perth and why we get such great outcome with our clients.

If you are having any trouble with your Lower back and looking for a real solution book an initial consultation with one of our Remedial Massage Lower Back Pain Specialists.

The Lower Back Pain Specialists

Remedial Massage in Myaree, Melville & Booragoon