Shoes for Back Pain Relief are not hard to find if you know what to look for. The type of support your shoes need depends on the shape of your foot and whether or not you have any foot instability.

The most common foot instability is Over-Pronation. Pronation is the normal inward roll of your foot to absorb the shock of walking or running. As your heel contacts the ground, the arch of your foot flattens inward somewhat as you make full contact with the ground and prepare to push off with your toes.

Some pronation is needed for your foot to function normally.

Too much pronation causes your arch to collapse which stresses the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in your foot. Some of the stress in your foot is transferred up your leg and into your back. This often causes pain in your feet, heels, Achilles tendon, knee, hip, or back.

Shoes I Recommend for Back Pain Relief

Like most of the population both my wife and I over-pronate. The links below will bring you to the running and walking shoes that we have found helped us.

When I ran I used Mizuno Men's Wave Inspire 8 Running Shoe This shoe is very light and gives great cushion while keeping your foot cool with it's midsole ventilation system which reduces heat buildup.

For walking I use New Balance MX622 Training Shoes. This walking shoe is very durable and has great shock absorption in both the heel and forefoot.

My wife has always been an avid runner. She has run the Mount Washington Road Race in New Hampshire, the Falmouth Road Race in Falmouth Massachusetts, and dozens of 10K races.

For her long distance running she uses the ASICS Women's GEL-Kayano Running Shoe. This is a lightweight running shoe with a breathable mesh upper, which is great for keeping the feet cool. It also has a special gel for optimal shock absorption.

For short runs she has a pair of ASICS Women's GT 2170 Running Shoes. These shoes have a GEL cushion designed to improve running gait. They also have a supper grippy sole for great traction.

For walking my wife uses the ASICS Women's GEL-Resort Walking Shoe This is a leather and mesh shoe with a rubber sole, and comfortable GEL cushion.

Her favorite Clog can be seen here Dr. Cliff's wife's Favorite Dansko Clog These clogs fit the natural contours of her feet and allow her to wear them for hours in comfort.

Her favorite boot is the Steve Madden Women's Candence Boot This is a tall leather pull on boot. It has a low heel with a traction sole. My wife finds lower heels much easier to walk in than ones that are real high.

For warmer weather her favorite footwear is the FitFlop Women's Walkstar III Thong Sandal.

For work in my chiropractic clinic I wore Rockport Men's Alpenhorn Oxford Dress Shoes which always gave me great support and I loved the way they looked.

Click here for a list of all the pain relief products that I use, or that I recommend to patients, family and friends.

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To see if you have excessive pronation, place all the shoes that you often wear on a flat surface, with the toes pointing away from you. If your shoes tilt inward then you have a problem with over-pronation. You will need pronation correcting shoes for back pain relief.

Heavy wear in the balls of your shoes also means you are over-pronating. You may not have back pain yet but you should be wearing shoes that support your arches so that you don’t develop back pain, or other problems in your foot, ankle, knee, hip or back. Supination

Supination or (underpronation) is the opposite of pronation. It is insufficient inward roll of your foot after landing. If you have arches that are high and tight you may have a problem with supination and need special shoes for back pain relief. Your shoes will be worn on the entire outside edge and tilt outward when placed on a flat surface.

Choosing the right Shoes for Back Pain

What do you need to look for when purchasing a new pair of shoes for back pain?

1. Know if you pronate or supinate by looking at your old worn shoes as discussed above. Having a shoe that suits your foot type is the best prevention for injury and pain. I know that I over-pronate so I must buy shoes and sneakers that support over-pronation. My shoes need to have extra arch support to prevent my feet from completely flattening out when I put weight on them.

2. If you are going to buy your shoes online, as I usually do, have both your feet measured beforehand so that if one of your feet is a half inch longer than the other you don’t buy shoes that are too small for your longer foot.

3. Have your feet measured at the end of the day. Your feet swell during the day, so to get an accurate measurement you shouldn’t be measured in the morning.

Pronaters need shoes that support your arches and heels. These would be called stability shoes or motion control shoes.

Supinators need shoes with a soft midsole which acts as a shock absorber for your body. The shoe should be described as “flexible” or “cushioned.”

I hope this page on shoes for back pain was helpful to you!

To Your Best Health,

Dr. Cliff

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