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Suffering from Really Bad Back Pain? Look at Your Shoes

It’s easy to assume that bad footwear will only hurt your feet, but it can quickly create a domino effect hitting other parts of the body. Unsupported shoes impact your foot position, which impacts your posture, which impacts your spine and back muscles.

For example, high heels put pressure on the balls of your feet and push your legs forward — to compensate for the shift in weight the upper-body tilts backward. The balancing act changes your straight up-and-down posture, forcing you to arch your lower back and to stick your pelvis forward. The position strains the spine and the lower back muscles.

Flat shoes like flip flops also lead to back pain because they offer no arch-support or grip whatsoever. The design changes your gait by forcing you to put more weight onto the outside edges of your foot in place of an unsupported heel. The weight disbursement alters the rotation of your legs while walking, putting more stress onto the lower spine.

The first step to alleviating your back pain is to get rid of your unsupported shoes. Our store carries a variety of orthopaedic boots, sandals and sneakers specially designed by foot care professionals.

Another way to tackle your back pain is to get orthotic inserts for your shoes — these will not work with certain styles, like flip flops. One of the clearest signs you need custom orthotics is that you are experiencing chronic pain in your feet, ankles, legs, hips or lower back. They are widely used to alleviate back pain, realign the spinal column and reinforce good posture.

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Orthotics are inserts that you can slide inside of your shoes to ensure additional support, stability, cushioning, and improve functional capacity. For optimal results, you can have the inserts customized to your foot size, shape and arch.

Visit your source for custom orthotics to get an assessment by a chiropodist and have molds of your feet taken to guarantee the perfect fit. 

 As a bonus, custom orthotics can help people with foot problems and foot pain. Anyone living with bunions, Plantar Fasciitis and heel spurs will appreciate these medical-grade devices. If you want to learn more info about common foot conditions and how orthotics can improve your gait by correcting any abnormalities exhibited by them, explore our musculoskeletal conditions page or talk to one of our chiropodists in-person.

 If your back is aching right now, the best thing you can do is remove any footwear that could be the source of the pain. Some simple home remedies for back pain are cold and hot therapies — start by addressing the pain with a cold compress, then use a hot water bottle on the same area two days later. The cold will combat pain and swelling. Heat will improve blood circulation and relax tightness.

If the pain is severe enough to keep you in bed for longer than a few hours or if it has you cancelling your plans for the next day, you should see a doctor. Sharp and intense back pain is not going to be caused by your footwear, but it can be exacerbated by it. The last thing you want when you have a slipped disc or a pulled muscle is an unsupported pair of shoes.

Here’s to Many More Years of Foot Care!

At Feet First Clinic, we’re always excited to welcome new clients! After a successful 12 years of treating our amazing patients, we’re ready to continue offering only the best foot care services and products. Give us a call to ask our friendly staff any questions you may have! Our Toronto foot specialists are ready to help!

Call us at 416-769-3338 or Book Your Assessment Today!

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Emily

Administrative Assistant

Emily is the newest addition to the Feet First family. She assists with the clinic’s accounting and finances, as well as all the behind-the-scenes work that keeps the clinic running smoothly. In addition to her accounting smarts, she brings sunshine and positivity to everyone at Feet First Clinic.

Erica Halpern

Marketing and Administrative Assistant (She/Her)

Part of our administrative support staff, Erica also works behind the scenes writing and editing content for our website and blog. She loves researching and writing educational content to help patients and anyone dealing with pain. When she’s not busy in the clinic, you’ll find her at her local gym, exploring underground music, hiking with friends, or cheering on her favourite sports teams (Go Jays!). She also loves huskies!

Sophie Rudahigan

Clinic Administrator (She/Her)
Sophie prides herself on providing top-tier customer service. She is here to ensure a smooth visit for all clients. In addition to overseeing the clinic’s administration and day-to-day operations, she maintains the cosmetic appearance of the store. She is the magic behind our elaborate display case designs and also ensures the clinic is stocked with stylish (but still orthopedic!) footwear options for all ages.

Bianca Carter

CEO (She/Her)

Day in and out, Bianca works hard to ensure Feet First Clinic runs smoothly. Customer service is at the top of her list and she treats every customer like family. Bianca has a passion for fitness and is dedicated to helping people take care of their feet and body. There is no problem that she can’t solve and she believes that where there is a will, there’s a way.

Carolina Charles

Patient Relation Coordinator (She/Her)

If you’ve been to the clinic before, chances are you had the pleasure of meeting Carolina! Carolina’s daily goal is going above and beyond to make sure patients are always completely satisfied. Having worked in the podiatry industry for 22 years, Carolina brings a wealth of knowledge pertaining to client service, insurance policies, and procedures.​ She steers the ship to make sure everything runs smoothly on the daily. Carolina is known for spicing up every outfit with her signature costume jewellery.