Do you experience foot and knee pain when running, exercising, walking, standing, or even sitting? Approximately 1 in 3 adults over age 45 has some type of knee pain. There are many obvious causes of knee pain that can be treated with easy solutions. But if you’re experiencing chronic knee pain, there is a not-so-obvious reason it may be occurring.
Temporary Knee Pain
Knee pain can occur for many different reasons. Knee problems are prominent among athletes, especially runners. It’s not unusual to experience pain caused by an injury, mechanical problem or arthritis.
Common Injuries –
- ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tear
- Meniscus tear
- Knee bursitis
- Various forms of arthritis
Mechanical problems -
- Iliotibial band syndrome
- Dislocated kneecap
- Altered gait
If your foot and knee pain last for more than a few days, it’s important to consult with your health care provider.
Chronic Knee Pain
Anyone can experience knee pain from time to time. While age, previous injuries or trauma, and physical exercise are all factors that contribute to knee pain, it becomes chronic when it rarely goes away without treatment and can’t be attributed to one specific incident.
Each person can experience different symptoms of chronic knee pain, but the following are common:
- Constant ache
- Sharp, shooting pain when in use
- Dull burning discomfort
The long-term outlook for chronic knee pain is that it’s usually permanent because the structure of the knee is somehow damaged and involves managing the pain. While some of the following pain-management solutions will help, there is a permanent solution that can solve the problem.
Treatment for Foot and Knee Pain
The following solutions are useful for managing temporary knee pain:
- Switching to different shoes that offer plenty of room and support
- Warm up with knee stretches before exercising
- Low-impact exercises, such as swimming or bicycling
- Lose weight if needed
- Icing the knee
If you have chronic knee pain, the problem may not be your knee, but actually be in your feet.
How your feet are related to your knee pain
A common cause of foot and knee pain that approximately 45% of the population doesn’t even realize it has is misaligned feet. This is caused when the heel bone slips off of the ankle bone, creating an excessive inward rotation of the ankle, more commonly known as over-pronation.
This causes a chain reaction throughout your body. Your knees and hips turn inward, tilting the pelvis and ultimately causing the spine to become curved and put pressure in places where it shouldn’t be. If your knees are turning inward due to a misaligned foot, it will cause increased pressure and strain on the joint, leading to chronic knee pain.
The Solution to Your Knee Pain Caused by Misaligned Feet
If you have chronic knee pain, misaligned feet may be the cause. The only way to know for sure is to visit a qualified podiatrist to find out if you’re a candidate for HyProCure®.
This minimally invasive procedure places a titanium stent in the naturally occurring space between the ankle and heel bone, stabilizing the ankle and correcting the excessive inward rotation, which in turn helps relieve foot and knee pain, and even pain throughout the body.
To learn more about the benefits of HyProCure® download the free eBook below. If you’re visiting or living in the New York area, contact a podiatrist in NYC at Adler Footcare.
Adler Footcare is classified as a Center of Excellence for HyProCure® implantation, by the Graham International Implant Institute, because of the safety, expertise and experience offered to patients. At Adler Footcare we believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.