Running is a great form of physical exercise, but it can put added stress on the joints — especially the knees. Knee pain is so commonly associated with running, that a complex of issues affecting muscles, tendons and ligaments surrounding these joints are referred to as “runner’s knee.”
Examples of conditions referred to as runners knee include patellofemoral malalignment and iliotibial (IT) band syndrome. There can be a number of underlying causes and contributors to runner’s knee, from being overweight or obese to genetics, but running form and biomechanics almost always play a role.
Your entire musculoskeletal system is deeply interconnected to allow for smooth repetitive movement day after day and year after year. If something becomes unbalanced or misaligned, it can cause a chain reaction of compensatory injuries up and down the body.
How foot mechanics lead to runners knee and how to find the best insoles to help
This is how a problem in the feet can lead to runner’s knee in one or both of your knees. Knee problems can start to develop for some people after dealing with a foot issue, such as plantar fasciitis. Although the foot pain may subside and allow you to continue running, you may find yourself altering your stride. It can be so subtle you don’t even notice it.
This small change to your biomechanics can cause increased stress on joints higher up in your lower body, such as the knees. Eventually, this can lead to pain and discomfort starting to develop in the knee. With the help of your doctor, you can develop an effective treatment plan if runner’s knee is causing you to miss out on an active lifestyle.
In some cases, your doctor or another health care professional, like a physical therapist, will recommend orthotic insoles if it’s believed that your foot mechanics are playing a role. Here are some tips for finding the best pair of insoles if they are recommended for you. The best insoles should:
- Properly fit your feet, both in length and width
- Offer support for the specific construction of your foot if you have issues like high or low arches
- Be made from durable materials
- Support, not inhibit, your natural foot motion
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