Improper Heel Height Can Cause Back Pain: MD Podiatrist

If you’ve had back pain for more than a month, your pain is worsening over time, or you’re developing new neurologic symptoms such as numbness or weakness in any part of your body, it is best to see your healthcare professional. But if you’ve cleared your symptoms with your doctor, or you want to give some commonsense guidelines a try first, it’s worth considering whether your footwear choices may be contributing to your back pain.
 
According to Daniel Michaels, DPM, shoes with a slight heel are best. The fact that your heels are slightly elevated allows your ankle to turn a little bit and rotate differently. A heel that’s the same height as or lower than the toe of the shoe, on the other hand, affects the way your leg – and, in turn, your pelvis – turns. That, then, will affect your spine and lower back and cause back pain, Dr. Michaels says.