Athletic Shoe & Back Pain

Athletic Shoe & Back Pain
Athletic shoes cannot cure back pain, but poor athletic shoes can aggravate back problems. Plus, using the proper shoes can prevent back problems. Athletic shoes can give your feet and core, including your back, support to withstand physical activities.

Specific Sport Shoe

If you practice a specific sport a few times a week, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommends buying a sport-specific shoe, such as basketball or running shoes.

Natural Roll

AAOS recommends athletic shoes that give a natural roll motion of the feet while walking. In other words, a movement starting from the heels and ending with the big toe.


Find shoes suited for your feet's pronation, or the rotation of your feet when walking. Support lacking on your feet due to pronation types can aggravate other parts of your body when performing physical activities.

Exercise Right

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, exercising consistently is "...most effective way to speed recovery from low back pain." Regardless of the exercise, it is important to utilize supportive footwear--not sandals--for the activity, whether it's cycling, weightlifting or walking.

Article Written By Maria Fernanda Cartaya

Maria Fernanda began writing for publication in 2003. She has lived and experienced the outdoors in North and South America, Europe and Africa. Her work has been published in Spanish newspapers. She earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in international relations and French from Syracuse University and speaks three languages. Maria is working on an international journalism Master of Arts from the University of Westminster.

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