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Best Shoes to Wear to Prevent Lower Back Pain

One form of advice given by our therapists at Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation deals with the best shoes to wear to prevent lower back pain. There are two features in particular that back pain patients should be looking for when they’re buying new shoes. 

Our team at Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation is proud to serve the residents of Edison, Woodbridge and Union, New Jersey. We offer many types of physical therapy for medical conditions and injuries. All our therapy plans are based around the goal of helping you recover as quickly and as completely as possible. However, we’re also aware that there are other factors besides physical therapy that may play a role in your recovery process. This is why we’ll also help you with things like finding the best shoes to wear to prevent lower back pain. 

Two features to look for to get the best shoes to wear to prevent lower back pain

Our Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation team knows that finding the best shoes to wear to prevent lower back pain can be helpful to your healing process. In fact, you may not be aware of how much the way you walk can affect your back. 

For instance, we can tell you that those stylish high heels women love to wear may cause lower back pain. One reason they may cause back pain is they put your foot in an awkward position. High heels shorten the muscles in the back of your leg because your heel is up in the air, which can cause your back to get out of alignment. Another reason is that they typically don’t provide much support for your foot. These two things combined may cause issues with your back. 

On the other end of the spectrum, we’re sorry to tell you that flip flops aren’t much better. It’s true that they don’t put your feet in the awkward position that high heels do. However, our team knows that many flip flop brands are designed to be completely flat. This is especially true for those cheap $1 flip flops. The problem our team has with this flip flop flatness is that it doesn’t support your foot any better than most high heels. As you’re hopefully beginning to see, your shoes are very important to both walking correctly and preventing back problems. 

The right shoes may help you prevent back problems, but you may not know what to look for to achieve this. There are two shoe features that our team advises you to consider when buying your next pair of shoes. The first feature you should consider is how much arch support the shoe offers you. Your arch is the curve in the middle of your foot, and we can tell you that proper support for your arch is one thing that may stop you from developing back pain. Another shoe feature that we encourage you to look for is supportive insoles. Many shoes today come with insoles designed for support, but you can also consider adding some to your shoes. This way you’ll be able to walk normally and keep your back aligned properly, which may help prevent back pain. 

Having the best shoes to wear to prevent lower back pain is a great step toward avoiding this condition. However, our team can offer you therapies that may help prevent back pain, too. Contact our team today for more information or to schedule an initial appointment.


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