Shoes and Back Pain?????

Hi everyone,
This is completely random but I want to see if anyone else has experienced this. Lately, my lower back and legs (especially my knees) have been sore and hurting pretty badly. I suspect that it may be my shoes. I wear lace-up dress shoes every day and none of my pairs have that much cushion. The only other thing I suspect is my chair, as they are a bit old and also don't have that much cushion.

Anybody else experience something like this, and if so, what did you do to help it?

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Comments (6)

May 7, 2019 - 2:24pm

Shoes contribute for sure, so stretch those calves out, but if you get even 2 minutes per side per day of this stretch right when you wake up and right before you go to bed, you will feel a hundred times better. Chances are it is your hip flexors from being seated for extended periods causing the pain. This was a total lifesaver for me.

May 8, 2019 - 10:17am

Awesome thank you! I know i have hip flexor issues that would contribute. I will start doing this today. By chance, did you get these pictures from a link or something? I want to make sure i am doing the stretches correctly. If not, no problem.

Thanks again!!!!

May 8, 2019 - 1:35pm

Happy to help! I just googled "couch stretch" (kneeling hip flexor stretch) and this was one of the best images. Would also recommend "frog stretch" and rolling a lacrosse ball on the upper outer glute (gluteus medius) - the combination of those three has been awesome for my lower back. Good luck!

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May 15, 2019 - 3:32pm

I second the hip flexor focus as well as the hamstrings. You would be surprised how much back pain is associated to the muscles in the hip/leg region which resonate to the back. As my chiro says, you should be doing as much stretching and "freeing up" of this region as possible to help out the back. Also consider your sleep position.

In regards to the shoes, you would surprised how many people around you (potentially you) are wearing incorrectly sized shoes. Collapsed arch support, mis-aligned landing spot etc. We get away with it in our youth due to the forgiving soles on sneakers. It takes a bit of trial and error but you should really attempt to nail down a brand/last that fits you well and then just stick to buying those. Poorly fitting shoes can cause a significant amount of shock/stress through the legs and in to the back as your bio mechanics change to accommodate the wrong fit.

May 15, 2019 - 5:29pm

The thing that helped me fix my knee and back pain was getting insoles. I had very high arches and would carry a lot of weight on my heels, which would transfer up to my knees and lower back. Dr. Scholls has some machines in places like CVS and Walgreens were you can step on it and they can recommend insoles that are best for you. Alternatively you could go to a podiatrist and they can make you custom ones. They will fit perfectly, but after having both I honestly don't know if its worth the money. Besides this I would recommend just working on your posture. Making sure I didn't slump over at my desk did wonders for my back.

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