There are plenty of shoes on the market that claim to be excellent for back pain. Orthopedic shoes are supposed to help you stay in better alignment so that you feel more comfortable when you walk or run.
The problem is that sometimes, these claims are not legitimate or don’t apply to everyone. In some cases, these shoes could even make your back pain worse. That’s why you should be cautious and talk to your doctor before selecting an orthopedic shoe brand.
Beware of unfounded claims
Orthopedic shoe companies often claim that their products will help you with back pain. Since back pain is so common, that might be the case for some people. However, there is no definitive proof that shoe inserts, back supports, special shoes or even specially designed furniture have any impact on back pain on the whole.
This is why it’s important to wear what’s most comfortable for you. If you’re not sure what kinds of shoes to get, then it’s worth talking to your doctor about the kinds that they would recommend. Getting the right shoe could help you feel better, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be an orthopedic brand.
Shoes won’t solve all back injury issues
Good shoes can help your feet feel better or help you stand more comfortably for hours on end, but they aren’t necessarily going to solve all of your back issues. If you were hurt in a car crash or at work, consider making a personal injury claim or seeking workers’ compensation, so that you can talk to a doctor about the best treatment options.
In some cases, better footwear may help you during your recovery, but you may need additional support in the form of physical therapy, occupational therapy, surgery, medications or other treatments, too. While these companies make claims that your pain will resolve with the right footwear, there is really no way to know how you’ll react to specific kinds of shoes, so it’s better to find what fits you and is most comfortable, so you can feel more balanced and, hopefully, be in less pain.