The most common cause of knee pain related to the feet is excessive foot flattening or rotation, which caused the knee to roll inwards.
How do your feet affect your knees?
Try this simple experiment!
- Stand with your shoes off and feet flat on the ground and see the position of your knees
- Now roll your feet outward so you’re standing on the outside of your feet (pinky toe side). Notice that your knees move outwards when you stand on the outside of your feet?
- Now roll your feet in and notice that your knees face inward again
Notice that your knees move inwards, which is the movement of the knees when the feet roll in
What happens when feet roll in more than they should?
When the foot strikes the ground, the ankle and feet roll
It’s important to remember that the foot is the first part of the
What does the research tell us?
In 2011 a study gathered 1903 participants with an average age of 65 years. From this number, 22% of knees were reported to be painful most days. The study found that those with flat feet had 1.3 times the odds of knee pain and 1.4 times the odds of medial tibiofemoral cartilage damage,
associating foot morphology with knee pain and cartilage damage in older adults. (Gross, K. Douglas et al. 2011)
much younger individuals in the clinic with knee pain, many of whom are very active or playing sport at a high level. Often at this stage there are muscular imbalances & weaknesses to address.
My feet roll in… what should I do?
If you’re worried about the structure or function of your feet potentially affecting your knees, you should get your feet and leg alignment assessed by our Podiatrists.
We are able to treat any joint pain or swelling using various techniques to reduce muscle tension, joint stiffness, and provide advice on strengthening exercises to work on correcting the alignment and function. Flexible custom orthotics may be prescribed to lift the arches, control pronation and provide support as well as reducing impact on other joints. Footwear recommendations will also be provided.
If you have any questions about boots or any foot related questions, feel free to contact me at PodFit Modbury (08) 7226 9901.
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