Reducing Knee and Lower Back Pain with Orthotics
Many people suffer from chronic pain in the knees, ankles and lower back. Often there is a connection between this pain and the way you walk. Misalignment of the lower leg or back due to overpronation of the foot is a leading cause of knee and lower back pain.
Pronation, the flattening of the arch during each step, is normal. Overpronation occurs when the arch flattens too much which creates a misalignment. When a misalignment occurs it can increase the stress on the knee, ankle and sacro-iliac joints which in turn causes knee, ankle and lower back pain over time.
Orthotics can improve this pain in a number of ways:
◦They can change the distribution of force through the foot and ankle, which can result in a change in the distribution of force through the knee and lower back.
◦They can act as cushions to reduce the force through the foot and ankle, which can result in a reduction of force through the knee, ankle and lower back.
◦They can help to re-align the foot and ankle which aids in removing the stress on the joints thereby reducing the amount of pain experienced.
Basically, as the foot overpronates the lower leg and knee rotate in towards the middle of your body. Orthotics can help control overpronation of the foot, which in turn, improves the alignment of the knee and ankle which helps in reducing knee pain.
If you suspect that your feet may be the cause of your pain, please contact us for an appointment.
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