“Runner’s knee” is a general term used to describe a number of specific conditions, often caused or related to running, that can result in pain in and around the knee. This can include patellofemoral malalignment and iliotibial (IT) band syndrome. If you’re a runner or other athlete, developing runner’s knee can be an extremely frustrating injury since it can take you away from your favorite activities and can take weeks or even months to fully heal.
While the best treatments for runner’s knee include the “RICE” methods of rest, ice, compression and elevation, it is also important to consult with your doctor about knee pain that does not improve in a short period of time, such as a few days to a week. One surprising recommendation that many people dealing with running-related knee pain encounter is to use insoles for better foot support.
How can insoles help runner’s knee?
The right orthotic shoe inserts can help runner’s knee in some cases because the muscles, bones and connective tissue that make up the musculoskeletal system are all highly interconnected. Problems that start in the foot can cause you to alter your gait and stride, which can in turn place more pressure on the knee. This interconnectivity is called the kinetic chain by trainers, physical therapists and doctors and it is how pain, injuries or biomechanical issues in the foot can potentially lead to compensatory knee problems such as runner’s knee.
What insoles can do to help in this situation is provide increased comfort and support in the foot, allowing you to work on achieving a more natural foot motion. When everything is properly balanced or aligned in your kinetic chain, it will result in less excess pressure and stress on the complex arrangement of tissue in your knee.
The Biocorrect difference
Biocorrect Orthotics Lab has a full range of insoles designed by biomechanical experts and endorsed by health care experts and athletes. We offer custom and over-the-counter solutions to help people of all ages and activity levels achieve comfort and address many common problems affecting the lower extremities, including runner’s knee.
Here’s what one of our satisfied runners had to say:
“I have had Biocorrect orthotics for over 10 years now and I can tell you that I will not get my orthotics from anyone else. I run ultra marathons and do iron distance triathlons using my orthotics, as well as using them every day for work. The staff is awesome and their orthotics last." - Joseph F.We’re proud of our high success rate with our customers and we hope we can help you find the relief you deserve. To find the best insoles for your situation, visit our online store.