Knee pain and feet?

Knee pain is common. In fact, knee and lower limb injuries are the most common types of injuries to present at hospital1. So it’s no surprise that so many people report knee pain at some point in their lifetime.

What you may not realise is that your poor foot function may be causing your knee pain. If your feet roll in too much (pronation) then this can cause abnormal twisting movements and load through the knee. If your feet roll out too much (supination) then this can cause too much shock to be transferred up to the knee, causing pain and injury.

Some common conditions shown to be influenced by foot function and position include medial compartment knee arthritis, patellofemoral syndrome, and iliotibial band syndrome. However, even if your feet were not the original cause of your injury, they can still affect the way the knees function and ultimately heal from injury.

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What can cause knee pain?

Knee pain can have many causes including arthritis, overuse injury and trauma. Children can develop a disorder of the growth plate called Osgood Schlatter’s disease. Knee problems can be linked to foot and footwear factors such as :

  • Flat feet
  • High arch feet
  • Muscle imbalances in the leg and knee
  • Non-supportive footwear

At FootMotion, we use our extensive clinical experience and state-of the-art technology to properly diagnose your knee pain, carry out a biomechanical assessment & gait analysis to accurately assess your foot function and create an evidence-based treatment plan to effectively manage your condition.

How can knee pain be treated by a Podiatrist?

Once our Podiatrist has established a diagnosis of your knee pain and how the foot may be contributing, your tailored treatment programme may include:

  • stretching and strengthening exercises
  • strapping
  • supportive, well-cushioned footwear
  • arch supports or prescription orthoses
  • coordinated care with other health professionals when needed

1. AIHW: Kreisfeld R, Harrison JE, & Pointer S 2014, Australian sports injury hospitalisations 2011–12. Injury research and statistics series no. 92. Cat. no. INJCAT 168. Canberra: