Dull, aching knees are the bane of many people, preventing them from doing the activities they enjoy. When knee pain strikes, we quickly look for a cause and a cure, but sometimes the root cause of the pain may not actually be because of your knee.
People tend to assume that when they have knee pain that the cause of the problem is within the knee. The truth it, there are many different cause for knee pain, one of the most common being what is least expected – problems with your feet.
The way a person walks can have a huge impact on the health of their knees. If your feet roll inwards too far or tip outwards, it will cause the lower leg to move in such a way that it places extra pressure on the knee each time you take a step. If the ankle does not have as much range of motion as it should, it can have an effect on the knees as well.
Differing leg lengths, a common problem affecting many Canadians, can also lead to knee pain as the discrepancy can create stress on the knee joints.
Other causes for knee pains may be:
- Existing/underlying foot conditions
- Extra weight/weight gain
- Having tight or weak muscles
- Participating in activities that are hard on the knees such as jumping, running, downhill skiing
- Work-related repetitive stresses to the joints
But biomechanical problems aren’t the only cause of foot-related knee pain. Ill-fitting, unsupportive shoes can cause pain in the knees, as well as foot, back, and hip pain, particularly if they are worn repeatedly or for strenuous activity.
Orthotics can be a great tool to aid in helping to relieve knee pain. Orthotics are specially fitted to each person to help treat their unique condition. Orthotics can be used to treat knee pain as well as numerous conditions from back pain, foot pain, diabetes, plantar fasciitis, knee osteoarthritis, hip conditions, sprained ankles, and low back pain. Physiotherapy Oakville works with a team of experts to ensure the correct orthotics can be created for every patient.
If you are suffering from pain behind, below, or on the sides of the kneecap, our team can help you. We provide the three main types of services to diagnose, treat, and prevent knee injuries or pains: Physiotherapy, Custom Orthotics and Massage Therapy. Each can provide relief and lasting results for knee health along with many other types of injuries and physical conditions.