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walking barefoot?

Joan62JJoan62 Posts: 21
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:57 AM in Lower Back Pain
hi. I have l4-l5 bulge. Just wondered if anyone else had backpain when walking barefoot? The left foot is fine to walk on but the right seems to cause the back pain. I have to wear shoes all the time and hate it. I also have altered sensation in the sole of right foot and balance problems.


  • Have you seen a specialist about this? It could be that the bulge is pressing against some nerves on your right side that is causing the altered sensation. I had a nerve that was being infringed upon on my right side and had pain and tingling/numbness down my right leg and into my foot. That's just my guess of the problem, but you should go to a doctor to have it properly diagnosed and treated if you haven't already. Best of luck :-)
  • Ive told my physio but he doesnt seem too bothered. My toes curl under on that foot too so that doesnt help.
  • Shoes have become extremely important for me; I have a pair of Keen hikers and a pair of good runners that I can wear when I'm doing a decent walk. If I mess up and wear a pair of shoes without proper support and soft soles, I pay for it dearly. If I spend too much time standing (i.e. peeling/cutting veggies in the kitchen) in bare feet, especially on a tile floor, I am guaranteed to have trouble afterwards. I sometimes wear my cheap little rubber shoes (similar to Crocs) in the house, and they seem to help.

    Sometimes the simplest things are the ones that can give a bit of relief, so I'll take what I can get!

  • When it comes to lower back pain, hitting the ground with an even, balanced foundation is key. I wear these hand made custom foot orthotics in every shoe i wear. They really help with all aspects. EDITED


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  • I have to say shoes are key for minimizing lower back pain. I love being barefoot but have learned that it's not good for feet, legs, back.

    So I have a good pair of keens that are easy on/off, I have good pair's of merrell mocs for easy on/off, and slippers all over with cushioning so when I'm standing, I try my best to wear shoes for support so I don't hurt later.

  • Yes, shoes are really important! I wasn't paying attention to what shoes I wear until my back pains started...
  • I also have a bulge in the same area. Amongst a buncha other sh** and when I walk barefoot it can hurt. But I began to read about walking, going barefoot and correctly walking and whatnot. I discovered that most people walk incorrectly and this causes all sorts of problems. Including back problems.

    I suggest you check it out. Its help me out a ton actually. Basically, from what I gather it's wrong if you walk heel-->toe. You are supposed to roll on the ball of your foot and back down to your heel. I can't explain it well. Just check it out. I bet youtube has some examples. Humans were meant to wear these cushions and gels and stuff. It's nice to get used to going barefoot.

    In my humble opinion, I think when people have a lot of foot pain and they blame their shoes.... I think its the way they walk a lot of the time. Not always of course. I have worn flat bottom vans basically my whole life and lately my feet and back will hurt if If I don't walk correctly. Slamming into your heel isn't good.

  • bobbyda4bbobbyda4 Austin TxPosts: 1
    I work from home and started going barefoot in the house on hard surfaces (tile and wood) there is no carpeting in the house (no cushion in any room). After a few years my back started hurting so bad, even at night in bed. I was getting tingling numbness in my arms, legs and my shoulders hurt. I thought the mattress was causing it since it was seven years old. So before buying a new mattress, I decided to start wearing sneakers as soon as I woke up. Within two weeks all of my back issues, shoulder aches and numbness in arms and legs were totally gone!! I am trying to find out more about walking barefoot alot on hard surfaces but can't find much info. Walking barefoot on hard surfaces must do something to the spine (too much pressure ??). So for everyone out there, if you have the same situation happening try wearing a good pair of sneakers (I bought New Balance walking sneakers) wear them full time from when you get up until you go to bed and see if your back feels better after a few weeks. A $60 pair of sneakers saved me a trip to the doctor and buying a new mattress. I can't believe how different I feel. I also used to get bad shoulder pain when shooting photography for an afternoon with a heavy camera and now that shoulder pain is also gone when I am taking pictures.
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