Foot orthotics can help manage knee and leg pain by improving and stabilizing the position of the feet, which in turn improves every aspect of a person’s gait. The medical term for this phenomenon is the kinetic chain.
The feet represent the base of the kinetic chain, and each subsequent joint above the feet can be considered a “link” in the chain, going all the way up the trunk of the body to the neck.
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
This is an aching pain and/or feeling of stiffness, weakness, and instability around the knee. Pain increases during specific motions such as going up or down stairs.
Misalignment of your feet creates excessive pressure on your knee joints. The knees will bend inward or outward with every step, depending on the alignment of your feet.
Knees are not equipped to handle this pressure consistently, thus damage will occur and result in injury.
Knee pain is directly due to misalignment of the feet. An imbalance of stabilization at the feet creates a chain reaction of imbalance throughout the rest of the body. For example, the drop of the arch on your left foot will cause your knee to rotate inward. This causes pain on the outside of the knee.
An insole designed to stabilize your foundation will balance your alignment and relieve the pain.