Knee pain can have many different causes, often related to the impact of stresses and forces acting on the knee joint. The knee joint is what is known as a “hinge joint” so, just like a hinge, it only wants to move in one direction. If the knee is forced to twist or turn in different directions – even just a small change - it can lead to stresses in the tissues of the knee that cause pain.
How can it be linked to excess pronation? When there is excess pronation the foot rolls over, flattening to the ground, and this movement forces the leg to turn inwards. As the leg turns inwards the knee joint is forced to turn inwards. This puts stress on the tissues of the joint that are being pulled in different directions.
What does it feel like? The pain in the knee joint can be different for different people, sometimes it will be around the kneecap, to one side of the kneecap or even under the kneecap. It might be noticeable with everyday walking, standing after sitting, using the stairs or sporting activities.
Scholl Orthaheel Orthotic Inserts can help reduce excess pronation and so affect the alignment of the knee. This may help to relieve knee pain.