Shoes support your entire body because the only contact between you and the ground. Alignment, support, quality of ride … Hey, this really is starting to appear to be a tire commercial. Well, footwear is like tires because they provide for your comfort (ride quality), your stability (support), as well as your posture (alignment). Good shoes can put you on the path to spine health.
Suppose you had to walk around barefooted on a concrete floor for some hours. That would not feel very comfortable because nothing is cushioning you from the jarring of the hard surface. With every step just like a jack-hammer, the impact travels all the way to your spine. Pound, pound, pound … Over time, these shock waves may cause pain in the pressure-sensitive structures of your spine like the discs, joints, and ligaments.
You have to buffer the back from the hard reality of the ground. Most high-heeled shoes, cowboy boots, and sandals (including flip-flops) fail to provide a cushy step in your stride. You need air pillows to ease the hurt brought on by the hard ground. The tire manufacturers determined that out once they switched from hard rubber to inflatable tires. Before you decide to hit the road, it’s time that you should upgrade to higher ride quality with well-cushioned shoes.
Your shoes also need to be very supportive. If your feet are wobbling, slipping, and sloshing around, all the extra movement travels up the lower limb to your spine, that is hanging on for dear life just to maintain balance. Some women appear to enjoy teetering on their toes in the spiked high heels. Walking should not be a balancing act that places your body at risk for injury.
A good shoe always controls the heel with a strap or a cup. By stabilizing the heel, your shoes ought to provide a good reason for entire limb and spine. Without good footing, your back will blow out all that stressful shaking and leave you stuck at home.
When was the final time you checked your alignment? That’s right your alignment-your posture. Start through checking the feet. Foot position affects the position of your ankles, knees, hips and spine.
High-heeled shoes unnaturally place the heels over the toes. Even the slightest adjustment towards the foot can throw off your body’s entire alignment. The spine is very vulnerable since it has specially engineered curves that evenly distribute your weight. High heel shoes alter these curves. Eventually, this poor posture places a lot of uneven wear on the discs, the joints and also the ligaments of the back.
Wear out your back parts and you will have pain. All of the parts in you (or your car) have to lineup properly or even the whole system stops working, causing you to be on the side of the street.
A shoe has everything to do with how your back feels. By giving comfort, stability, and proper posture, your footwear is the basis for you personally. Shoes are the only real contact between you and the road. And like tires, shoes have all the features concerning your performance on the highway.
It is fine to wear bad footwear (like high heel shoes and flip-flops) occasionally; just don’t turn it into a habit because unhealthy habits lead to chronic pain. So next time you choose shoes to wear, consider choosing to feel great. With comfortable ride quality, stable support and proper alignment. Your spine will feel good on the long haul.