The Shoe Check
Whether itʼs Adidas, Nike, New Balance, or Asics – every shoe has its day to be retired. However, many of us donʼt recognize when to put them away and this often times bring upon “random” aches and pains that just never seem to go away.
Besides getting routine neurostructural chiropractic care, staying hydrated, and eating well, it just seems that certain aches and pains do not disappear. Important areas to check are the feet and the shoes that are covering them. This can easily be done at home.
If we are addressing the top end of the spine (Upper Cervical/Neck) to correct the smallest misalignments, thus restoring health, it only makes sense to at least take a look at shoe wear from time to time. Often times, what you will find is that one or both soles of the shoes are worn out in an uneven pattern. It may be the outer edge, inner edge, back edge, or sometimes all. When you compare the left and right shoes with each other, it might be very noticeable to see uneven wear and tear.
Now, if we follow an unbalanced lower kinetic chain all the way up past the knees, hips, and spine, one can assume that no matter how excellent of a correction/adjustment your chiropractor made, a person with unleveled shoes may still be walking around relatively misaligned (keyword: relatively).
Prolonged use of unleveled shoes could also be a reason why you may be experiencing ankle, knee, hip, and/or low back pain. (Dr. Modi personally had headaches when he avoided shoe care).
So what can you do about this? The most important thing you could do to make sure your atlas correction holds for a longer period of time (atlas holding = continuous healing) is by also taking a look at your shoes at least once a month.
Simply hold the shoe side by side at eye level with the back end facing you and observe for any uneven wear and tear. Now, this doesnʼt mean you should throw out your shoes as soon as you have seen a 1 mm unleveling. Look for obvious signs. Shoes $50 and higher usually have quality soles that can last up to a year. It ultimately depends on how many miles you place on them. Our shoes take a beating day in and day out from walking on many different surfaces. There is a reason why athletes are made sure to switch out their shoes very often – sometimes at every competition. In their world, the newer the shoe – the better their performance.
So, the next time you put on your shoes to go out, take a look at the bottom. It might end up being the missing piece to the health care puzzle!