Knee Pain

Pain in the knee may be caused by long periods of standing or repetitive movement. The tibia is rotating on the inside while the femur is being pulled in an external rotation to compensate. These opposing forces happen at the same time that the lateral knee is being compressed.

Common Causes of Knee Pain

  • The hip and femur bone may lean outward and the muscle pull in the direction of external rotation which shifts the body weight laterally to make up for poor medial stability
  • When weak ankles roll inward, the ankle joints compress on the lateral side. This can present a flattening of the arch as well
  • When weak ankles roll inward, the ankle joints compress on the lateral side. This can present a flattening of the arch as well
  • When the lateral knee joint compresses, the associated ligaments and muscles are compromised as they try to stabilize the medial knee.

Common Symptoms of Knee Pain

  • Inflammation and pain due to osteoarthritis
  • Low grade pain under the patella when pressure is applied through mild range of motion
  • Inflammation or pain around the patella may be present
  • Tenderness and inflammation in the ligaments and muscles of the knee

Treatment Options for Knee Pain

Custom made orthotics prescribed by a physician are a long term solution.
These orthotics should include a medial longitudinal arch support to control pronation; a heel cup with rear foot posting to control the hindfoot motion; forefoot wedging as needed

Types of Footwear for Knee Pain

Therapeutic and orthopaedic (foot orthotics) stability footwear is best for long term results.
Motion control footwear with a wide stable base is ideal for individuals with knee pain