Even if your feet don’t hurt, they may be causing other aches and pains in your body, such as your hips, back, and knees. Knee pain can be debilitating and frustrating and people who experience long-term pain seek ways to treat the discomfort other than taking prescription medication. The good news is that there are specialists who study the body and have discovered ways to help relieve knee pain and foot problems naturally. One of these solutions is custom foot orthotics. Orthotics are custom-made rigid devices that you slip into your shoes before wearing them. They slightly alter the angle and support on which you walk, so your entire body is in better alignment and is fully supported.
Knee pain can be caused by a number of factors. Wear and tear over time is one of the most common causes, but injuries are very common in athletes. For example, runners and rugby/football players may experience injuries in their knees from the constant pressure and trauma on the joints. Some tradespeople such as brick layers or carpenters also experience knee pain from their careers. Aging can lead to the softening of the cartilage under the knee cap, resulting in tissue breakdown and pain in the knee joint, as well. When this cartilage breaks down, the knee cap grinds against the thigh bone when the knee moves. As this happens over time, the heavy erosion causes knee pain.
It may seem odd that something you place under your feet could also help your knees, but there is a link between the two body parts. The amount of impact generated from your foot and up your leg; the way your feet are aligned; and the way the force is distributed through your foot with each step has a big impact on your knees as well as your feet and heels. Orthotics can help improve knee pain by reducing the impact, evening out the distribution of weight on your foot when you stand, improving your alignment, and much more. Here are eight benefits of using custom foot orthotics to treat knee pain.
Orthotics help to distribute the force more evenly throughout the ankle and foot to dilute the force that goes to your knees.
Orthotics can improve how stress is distributed through the ankle and the foot, thereby changing the distribution of force through the knee.
Orthotics also provide cushioning for the bottoms of the feet and heels to reduce the amount of impact when you walk or run. As a result, the knees are also protected from the force.
A healthier gait is one remedy for pain in the knees. This can be developed by wearing orthotics, which improve the alignment of the foot and ankle to also improve the alignment of the knees. Whether your feet turn too far inward (supination) or outward (overpronation), custom foot orthotics can help to realign the feet to reduce stress and impact.
Aging and overuse can cause wear and tear on the knee joints. By using orthotics, your motion is limited to a range that is healthier for your feet, ankles, and knees. This motion limitation reduces wear and tear on the joints.
This condition is the most common cause of heel pain. When the flat band of tissue that connects your heel bone to your toes (plantar fascia) weakens, swells, and becomes inflamed, you will need to find a treatment for it quickly before the discomfort begins to affect your knees. Orthotics can treat this condition by providing the right support and cushion for each step, so you can walk normally and comfortably.
Abnormal or excessive pronation is when the inside of the foot begins to roll in when you take a step. Orthotics can change the alignment of your feet and your knees to prevent your feet from pronating too far, as well as reduces pain in your feet and knees.
Custom orthotics have been shown in several studies to reduce the chance of injury to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) of the knee. Even if you are active and healthy, you can still benefit from orthotics to prevent and treat knee problems.
Getting the most out of your orthotics, including the healing benefits for knee pain, depends on whether you choose the right ones for your specific needs. Orthotics are designed to suit your feet and will vary depending on the design and material. When you work with your physiotherapist or orthopedic specialist, you will get the best recommendations and service to improve the state of your feet and knees. It’s important to know that some orthotics may wear out quickly, and others will be uncomfortable, but your specialist will help you select the style or create the right orthotic to provide the most relief for your knee pain. To overcome chronic knee pain, custom foot orthotics can be used a part of your physiotherapy treatment program, and if you’re looking for the right team to help you, MedRehab Group is the solution.
We will work with you to provide alternative care to treat your chronic pain and health conditions. We serve clients in Brampton, Georgetown, Hamilton, Toronto, Richmond Hill, Maple, Vaughan, Woodbridge, and Pickering. We strive to do our best to meet our clients’ expectations. Contact us at 1-888-409-4058 to book your first treatment and see how custom foot orthotics can relieve your knee pain now.
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