When knee and hip pain arrive, the shoes might be to blame.
Foot problems are often the accomplice that causes knee and hip issues, especially for runners.
A study last year, entitled “The Effect of Running Shoes on Lower Extremity Joint Torques,” found modern running shoes were more damaging to a runner’s knees, hips and ankles than running barefoot – or even walking in high heels!
Think of your feet as the foundation of a house. If the foundation is not built properly, the house might lean or suffer progressive structural damage over time. This is exactly the case with a common condition known as “fallen arches” or flat feet. Many patients, especially women are “flat footed” and in essence, their foundation is not solid, and that leads to problems higher up in the legs.
Most foot problems are a result of the way you are built and not due to an injury. but you’ll need an examination to rule out foot alignment as a cause of your knee or hip pain.
So the next time you have knee pain, consider that the main offender could be your feet.