Recently, I had a memorial service to attend right after treating patients. So I wore my dress and flats while I was treating. That afternoon, while I was standing at the memorial service, I felt my back tighten up. “Oh well, it will be fine” I though like every other person does.
That evening I tried to avoid my low back pain by walking around the house and getting some things done. I went and ran an errand at the mall to get more steps in. My thought was – “move more and my low back pain will settle down”. What I did NOT do was take off those flats.
The next morning I rolled out of bed and tried to stand up straight. As I hobbled on my aching feet, holding my back and trying to stand up straight, I was reminded that it was not fine. There are consequences for improper footwear and low back pain is at the top of the list.
Here’s the thing – I usually wear very supportive shoes all the time. Especially when I am going to be working with patients. I thought that I could get away with one day of wearing improper footwear and not have it bother my back. I thought that doing it wrong, just this once, would not cause increased low back pain. I thought these shoes were good enough to get me through my day.
What I am learning is that since I have hit the big 4-0, my body has less tolerance for these deviations. My body requires me to work out daily. My body requires regular stretching to maintain its performance. My body requires me to not sit for more than 60 minutes while I am working on the computer. And my body requires me to wear supportive shoes.
I have many people ask me what brand of shoes they should wear for work. That is a complicated question as everyone has a different foot structure. Also, your daily work requirements are different than your neighbors. But I would be happy to discuss what works for me. Feel free to send me an E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
One key way to decrease your low back pain? Wear supportive shoes! I have an order for new ones on the way as we speak.
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