Best Shoes for Back Pain & Sciatica

I recently injured my back…again. Although I suppose this would be classified as a ‘re-injury’ of my back. The first occurrence came about 7 years ago while lifting heavy countertops out of a building. The following day I could not walk and the lower back pain and associated sciatica was so horrible that we had to call an ambulance. I spent the next 3 days in the hospital drugged up on painkillers and learning to walk again.┬áSince then every once in awhile I do something to aggravate the sciatica and back pain. The underlying cause of the problem is likely a bulging or herniated disc, however, no doctors to date have requested anything other than an x-ray. I spend my days doing conservative treatments like stretching, icing, and even the occasional visit to the chiropractor. As part of this routine, I’ve also found that the best shoes for back pain and sciatica are those that offer plenty of cushioning and support.

For me, the most frustrating part of back pain and sciatica is usually not the pain itself, but the limitations it causes. I like to work and I like to stay active by working out and exercising. None of which I can do when my lower back is at war with itself. But I have found some tricks and home remedies that can help overcome the pain and get you back on your feet.


First and foremost, the easiest thing you can do to help is to drink plenty of water. Dehydration can negatively impact your body’s functionality in many ways so stay hydrated with plenty of water. Some specialists also recommend tonic water or hot tea or water with apple cider vinegar or honey.

Secondly, whenever you are able to stand or walk it is important that you have the proper footwear or you may be doing more harm than good. A well-cushioned shoe or sneaker works best and in most cases the addition of an orthotic or supportive insole will help tremendously. One of the worst things you can do when recovering from back pain and ailments is to go barefoot or wear shoes with little or no support and cushioning. In most cases an athletic running or cross-country shoe will work best. Brands like Saucony and Asics lead the pack with their advanced technology. Also try the addition of an insole or orthotic to help give you added arch support.


Even when getting around inside the house, don’t skimp on your shoes. Finding the best shoes for back pain is a bit like finding gold.

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