Back pain is one of the most common reasons people pay their doctors a visit. In fact, around 80% of people have experienced back pain at least once in their life, and a lot of others suffer from persistent, sometimes excruciating pain.

While there can be a lot of reasons for having back pain, one of the most common causes of the condition is having the wrong footwear. Although common, not a lot of people are aware of the connection between one’s feet and back, and why having the right shoe type matters a lot.

Yes, the shoes you wear on a daily basis can affect your back’s overall condition and your body’s overall health. So, before you enjoy shopping in the mobile shoe truck, make sure you know how to choose the kind of shoe which your back will thank you for.

Shop at the right time

People often shop for shoes during Boxing Day of whenever there is a sign that says SALE. While it is a good time to get your hands on those shoes you have been eyeing for a long time, the best time to shop for shoes is towards the end of the day.

Why? Because that is when your feet are exhausted. Tired feet tend to swell and expand, so choosing a shoe which can accommodate your tired and swollen feet is essential.

Comfort is a priority

It is a common notion that shoes expand when used often. So, the concept of having to “break-in” your shoes to achieve that level of comfort is a practice done by a lot of people. While breaking it in will eventually make it comfortable to walk, initially having a tough time wearing your shoes might simply mean that the fit is not right.

A good shoe is one where you will be able to move all of your toes freely without any pain or discomfort.

Soles and cushions matter

Aside from the shoe style, it pays also to check out the soles and in-soles of a shoe. The soles should be able to support your heel in such a manner that all your body weight and force will not be on your feet’s heel but somewhat scattered throughout the whole area and your feet’s arc.

Trying it on is one way to determine the softness and fit of the sole and cushion as well as touching and actually pressing it.

Right heel height

Airline employees with different healed shoes

Women who wear high heels are more prone to backache as compared to people who don’t. However, this does not mean that you should go for really flat footwear as this can also do more harm than good to your feet.

Shoes that have the ideal height of not more than two inches often give your feet enough level of support and comfort when walking.

Are you suffering from unexplained back pain? Check the quality and comfort of your shoes. Sometimes, simply investing in a good and comfortable one can make a lot of difference.