Should I get a New Pair of Shoes to help my Knee Problem?
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Another very common question we get asked often in the clinic and here’s what we have to say about this:
Impactful activities like walking long distances, hiking or running with inappropriate footwear like sandals, slippers, flip flops or shoes with inadequate arch support could be a possible contributor to knee problems in the long run.
It is the inadequate shock absorption at the arch level with weight bearing activities like walking or running that could add to the build up of the wear and tear as well as the degenerative changes in the knees.
When engaged in weight bearing activities, use of appropriate arch supporting shoes can make all the difference in stabilizing the knee joints. Shoes that are designed for running or walking can help reduce the impact on your knees thereby allowing you to slow down the process of degeneration.
The right pair of shoes should provide adequate arch support, should not be too soft and should have enough toe space room preventing your feet from squishing. They can be tested by walking or running short distances in those shoes.
However, the root cause of your knee problem is almost never the shoes. It could only be one of the aggravating factors and having the right one helps. Addressing the Root cause of your knee problem first is always the best and long term approach.
If you find yourself changing your shoes too often because you wear them off too fast, it is time to get a thorough assessment of your spine and knees so the root cause of your problem causing a faulty walking pattern or gait is addressed before you splurge on that new pair of shoes!
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If you or someone you know experiences this very familiar pain with running or during any
other activity, visit our Website to talk to your Specialist today or you can even apply by filling out the Short Inquiry Form to learn more specifically about your problem and ways in which we can probably help.
We also know not everyone is ready to commit to regular physical therapy appointments, and that’s why we offer our Free Information Guide! This Guide is for people in our community who want really valuable, expert information about their Knee problems.