The Best Running Shoes for Knee Pain
- Posted on: Jun 15 2018
Remember that old song, “Everybody’s Free to Wear Sunscreen” from the 90’s? Well, there’s a line that stood out to us when we first heard it. Can you guess what it is?
“Be kind to your knees. You’ll miss them when they’re gone.”
It’s great advice that we still try to heed today. And even though we might get the occasional knee pain when we exercise, we try to prevent it as best we can. Keep reading for the best ways to find shoes to avoid knee pain.
Know What You’re Dealing With
If you know that you’ve torn an ACL in the past, for example, you likely know the pain you’re dealing with and where it comes from. The real trick is identifying the pain that doesn’t come from a specific issue that came from a memorable (in the worst way) event.
Factors like over-training, muscle imbalances, or running in the wrong shoes can all lead to inflammation and tenderness around the kneecap.
Call in the Pros
Consider having a professional take a look at your stride when you run to see if you have a “neutral” stride or if you have an issue that can be easier to fix with the proper footwear. The average runner will pronate (rotate their foot inward a small amount) as they run. It’s when the foot rolls inward excessively, or even rolls outward that problems can start moving up toward the knees.
If you don’t have a neutral stride, you might be one of those runners who overpronates or underpronates. If you overpronate, you roll your feet inward more than the ideal amount after your ankle hits the ground. Underpronators also roll their feet inwards after their ankles hit the ground, but less than the optimal amount. Both stride issues can result in damage over time so it’s important to identify if you have one of them as soon as possible and find correct shoes before it’s too late.
If you think you might benefit from better running shoes, it might not be the shoes that are causing the problem to begin with. Give us a call at (508) 363-6363 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Desio today to see if there’s a damaging physical issue affecting your stride.