Understanding the Connection: Knee Pain and Your Feet
At Happy Feet Podiatry, we understand that knee pain can be debilitating, affecting every step you take. What many may not realise is that the source of knee pain can often be traced back to the feet.
Your feet are the foundation of your body, bearing the full weight of every movement. They also play a crucial role in how forces are distributed up your legs. Poor foot alignment or function can lead to an imbalance, putting extra strain on your knees. Conditions such as overpronation (rolling inwards of the foot) or supination (rolling outwards of the foot) can lead to abnormal stresses on the knee joint, potentially resulting in pain.
Common Foot-Related Causes of Knee Pain
– Flat Feet or Fallen Arches: Can cause inward rotation of the leg, affecting the knee alignment.
– High Arches: May contribute to poor shock absorption, leading to extra stress on the knees.
– Gait Abnormalities: Irregular walking patterns can place undue stress on the knee joint.
– Improper Footwear: Shoes that do not support the arches or cushion the feet can impact knee health.
How Happy Feet Podiatry Can Help
Our comprehensive approach to knee pain starts with a thorough assessment of your foot mechanics and gait. From there, we explore treatment options that not only address the pain but also target the underlying foot-related causes.
We specialise in 3D-scanned custom orthotics that are precisely tailored to your feet. These devices fit into your shoes to correct foot alignment, thereby improving knee positioning and function.
Selecting the right footwear is critical in managing knee pain. Our podiatrists can guide you towards the best shoe choices to enhance foot function and support your knees.
Strengthening and Flexibility Programs
We may recommend exercises to strengthen the muscles of your feet and legs, as well as stretching routines to improve flexibility, both of which can help alleviate knee pain.
Referral to Allied Health Professionals
If additional expertise is required, we coordinate closely with select physiotherapists and other health professionals to ensure a multidisciplinary approach to your knee pain.
Your Path to Relief
Knee pain doesn’t have to be a part of your daily life. At Happy Feet Podiatry, we’re committed to identifying the root cause of your discomfort and providing targeted treatments that help you move freely again.
If you’re struggling with knee pain, consider that the solution might just start with your feet. Contact Happy Feet Podiatry today to schedule an appointment. We’re here to support every step of your journey to better knee health.