What is knee pain?
Every time we stand, walk or run, we need our feet and knees to work in perfect alignment. Foot deformities like flat feet will disrupt this delicate alignment and cause possible knee pain. Some people might even notice that their knees or their child’s knees are not straight, but always bent inwards while walking or standing up. This deformity will cause the tendons around the knee to work extremely hard to order to simply stabilize the knee while walking or running. With time, these tendons will get injured or cause pain while growing up.
How to treat knee pain?
First of all, it is important to determine what has caused your knee pain. It is only by determining if it is related to something happening with your feet, ankle or hips, that you will be able to have the best treatment possible.
1. Realigning your knee
If your knee pain is related to a foot-knee misalignment, your knee needs to be realigned with your foot in order to function properly. Your podiatrist can help with that by prescribing and making a custom-made plantar orthotic tailored to your needs and sport. By recreating the perfect alignment between your feet and knees, your knees will no longer suffer from your foot deformity. Your podiatrist can also utilize sport tapping in order to temporarily realign your knees with your feet so that your knee can have some time to heal properly.
2. Strengthening your knee
Weak muscles around your knees can make them more susceptible to be injured. By following a strengthening and stretching program prescribed by your podiatrist, you can not only help your knee heal but also make it more stable despite a potential feet-knee deviation.
How to treat knee pain at home?
While waiting for your podiatric consultation, you can relieve your pain at home by following these steps: