The Lowdown on Low Back Pain
(and Other Aches)


My back hurts. Can it be my shoes?

Research has shown that shock-absorbing shoes (orthotics) can prevent and treat low back and leg problems.

One study of 146 men and women in the military showed that cushioned orthotic shoes decreased the rate of back and leg problems. Several other research studies, and common sense, indicate that shock-absorbing shoes help back pain in workers who do a lot of standing.

Foam inserts were used in early research studies. Although helpful, it was excessively hot. Recently, shoes with integral springs have been introduced (Z-Coils). These shoes provide better shock-absorbing, without the problems associated with viscoelastic foam.

Orthotic shoes may be covered by some insurance plans including workers’ compensation.

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Last modified: 07/27/08