The musculoskeletal system is a complex, highly interconnected kinetic chain. Each of the hundreds of bones, muscles and connective tissues in our body have to work together in a very precise manner to perform all of the movements we require to get through our day.
This is particularly true in the lower body, where the buttocks, hips, legs, knees, ankles and feet continuously perform pulling, pushing, rotating and gripping motions just to let us walk down the street, let alone run or jump. What this means is that if one part of this carefully balanced chain, such as the feet, is misaligned or becomes injured, it can cause problems in another area, such as the knee.
Foot orthotics for knee pain are a common recommendation. By learning more about how knee pain and foot mechanics are connected, you can have a better understanding about whether orthotic insoles could be right for you.
The connection between foot mechanics and knee pain
Structural issues like high or low arches and wider or narrower feet can cause misalignments and mechanical problems that put increased stress on the muscles in the calves and shins. This in turn can negatively affect the way the knee rotates and can potentially lead to knee pain due to increased wear and tear from activities including:
- Standing for long periods of time
- Sports such as tennis, golf, baseball and football
Knee pain can be a very complicated condition with a wide variety of causes and treatment options. It’s important to meet with a qualified medical professional for any knee pain that lasts longer than a few days to a week. In addition to other treatment options, foot orthotics are a common recommendation, especially if a physical examination reveals a misalignment in the feet.
How foot orthotics can offer knee pain relief
Custom foot orthotics, such as the high-grade insoles we create here at Biocorrect Custom Orthotics Lab, can help address structural and biomechanical problems in the feet. By promoting better alignment and natural foot mechanics, you can experience less stress in other parts of the kinetic chain, including the knees. Our insoles are backed by health care professionals and created by experts with decades of experience in treating issues affecting the lower body.
Learn more about our full line of custom and prefabricated orthotics by visiting our online store today.