If your shoes are not providing adequate support to the arches of your feet, you may find that you start to experience pain and stiffness elsewhere in your body – especially in your knees, as they bear the brunt of your weight.
Read on to discover the most common causes of knee pain and find out what you can do to minimise discomfort in your joints and keep yourself fully mobile.
What causes knee pain?
Stress injuries are easily the most common cause of knee pain. It’s not unusual to experience pain and inflammation in your knees after exercise.
However, you may also suffer from knee pain due to:
- Torn muscles around the knee
- Patellar tendonitis, which is an injury to the tendon that connects your kneecap to your shinbone
- General wear and tear. As you get older, the cartilage beneath your kneecap may begin to soften and rub against your thigh bone during movement
- Fallen arches. A lack of structural support in the feet can cause them to overpronate, resulting in extra rotation in the leg and increased stress on the knee joint
What can you do to treat it?
If you have injured your knee, rest is the best remedy. Take a break from exercise to give it time to heal. You can place ice on the area for up to 20 minutes at a time to relieve the pain and inflammation. Compression bandages also work well as a means of supporting the knee and preventing excess fluid build-up.
If you suspect that your knee pain is down to poor alignment in your feet, ankles and lower limbs, wearing orthotic insoles in your everyday shoes will help to stabilise your gait, absorb shock, and reduce stress on your joints.
What are the best insoles for knee pain?
Any orthotic insole will provide much-needed support to your lower limbs – but many of today’s insole manufacturers have adopted a one-size-fits-all mentality, meaning customers don’t enjoy the precise level of comfort they should expect from these incredible products.
OrthoSole insoles for knee pain are different in that they are completely customisable. Thanks to their removable arch pieces and metatarsal pads, they can be adjusted according to your specific biomechanics. You can even wear a different pad combination on each foot if you find that one requires more support than the other.
Which OrthoSole insoles provide the most relief from knee pain?
The truth is, any one of our insoles can reduce your knee pain, as long as they do not take up too much room in your shoes and/or leave your feet feeling squished and uncomfortable.
Our Max Cushion insoles are a great choice for trainers, walking boots, work boots, Wellington boots and other types of loose-fitting footwear. As their name suggests, these insoles provide unrivalled cushioning during all kinds of activities. Our Thin Style inserts are slimmer and can be cut down to size if room is tight, while our Lite Style products have been built for a less intrusive fit.
For the best relief from knee pain, try to wear your OrthoSole insoles with the firmest arch and metatarsal pieces possible.