Knee pain sufferers are often surprised when they’re recommended to try orthotics. After all, how does supporting and cushioning the feet help the knees? The answer lies in the highly interconnected nature of the lower body.
To function properly, the musculoskeletal system needs to be balanced and aligned. Muscles push and pull against each other, forming a series of movements referred to as the kinetic chain. This means that dysfunctions that arise in one area can affect another region farther up or down the chain. In the case of the feet and knees, issues such as flat feet and overpronation can actually make the legs work harder and put increased stress on the ankle and knee joints.
Benefits of orthotics for knee pain
This is why finding the best orthotics can potentially help with knee pain. It’s important to stress that knee injuries can be fixed or corrected by wearing orthotics, but what they can do is address mechanical problems and reduce stress on the knees. When combined with a broader injury prevention strategy, this can help lower the likelihood of common knee injuries, including:
- IT band syndrome
- Runner’s knee
To get the most benefit for your knees, quality counts. The best orthotics for knee pain should not only be made from top-grade materials, but they should also provide a customized fit that encourages a natural stride. With lower-quality insoles, wearers can often run the risk of either seeing no results or developing a related compensatory injury.
Biomechanical expertise for a higher grade of orthotic
At Biocorrect Custom Foot Orthotics Lab, we’re proud to create handcrafted orthotics that are backed by more than 25 years of experience in addressing biomechanical issues in the lower body. We even offer a fully custom orthotic that you can fit yourself with our at-home moldable foam impression kit. We’ll use the data you send us to create an orthotic insole that is crafted to your exact measurements.