Choosing the right pair of shoes is both smart and a lot of fun. Shoes can make or break an outfit, and they can also keep you feeling comfortable (or not!) all day long. You know what else they can make or break? Your health. The wrong pair of shoes can cause a significant amount of pain and even lead to injury. When you need a new pair, check out these tips for buying the right kind of shoes for a healthy body.
Pay Attention to the Sole
The sole of the shoe should be comfortable. If it’s not comfortable when you try it on, it probably won’t be comfortable after a full day. When you try it on, walk around in it for a minute or two. A good sole will usually have a little depth to it. If it’s too flat, it might not offer the comfort needed for long-term use.
Opt for Maximum Support
A good shoe should also be supportive. Does it support the arch of your foot? Is it tight, but not too tight? Can you alter it for maximum support and comfort? If a shoe is not supportive (think flip-flops), it can cause you to overcompensate in other areas of the body, and you’ll wind up with sore spots in your feet, your legs, and up into your back.
Skip the Heels
We all love a good pair of heels, but neither your feet nor your back appreciate them. Heels cause you to alter your posture significantly. This can lead to poor spinal health, which can not only cause pain today, but lead to misalignments that cause problems long-term. If you can, skip the heels. If you need heels for a special occasion, take along comfortable shoes and wear them as soon as possible.
Supplement With Chiropractic Care
Protecting your back and body can absolutely start with a new pair of shoes, but it should be supplemented with the proper care as well. A great place to start is with chiropractic care. Chiropractors will take note of your back. They’ll look for any misalignments and correct them through spinal manipulation. Whether those misalignments are caused by your shoes, work, poor sleep, or some other cause, chiropractors will correct them all. They may also be able to give you a guide about which shoes are the best for your back and which ones to steer clear of at all costs.
After you find the right pair of shoes, continue your back wellness by getting chiropractic care at The Joint. The Joint offers affordable pricing (no insurance!) and a walk-in appointment policy to make getting care easier than ever. Keeping your back healthy is crucial for long-term wellness. Get to The Joint to get yourself on the right track starting today.
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