Anterior Knee Pain
Anterior knee pain is a common condition that affects people of all ages. It is often caused by overuse, improper training techniques, or biomechanical abnormalities. The pain is usually located at the front of the knee and can be mild to severe.
The pain at the front of the knee is often described as a sharp, stabbing pain or a dull ache. It can be worse when you go up or down stairs, or when you squat or kneel. In some cases, the pain may be so severe that it makes it difficult to walk or even stand.
There are a number of things you can do to manage anterior knee pain, including:
- Physical therapy
- Orthotic insoles
Orthotic insoles are specialised shoe inserts that can help to improve foot alignment, reduce pressure on the knees, and correct biomechanical abnormalities that may be contributing to pain.
What are Orthotic Insoles?
Orthotic insoles, are either custom-made or off the shelf inserts that fit inside a shoe to provide additional support and cushioning to the foot. They are designed to correct biomechanical issues in the feet, which can cause problems elsewhere in the body, including the knees.
Orthotic insoles can be made from a variety of materials, including foam, plastic or 3d printed and can be customized to fit the unique shape of an individual's foot. They are available in a range of sizes and styles, from full-length inserts to heel cups and arch supports.
How Do Orthotic Insoles Help with Anterior Knee Pain?
Orthotic insoles can help with anterior knee pain in a number of ways. First, they can improve the alignment of the foot, ankle, and knee, which can reduce the pressure on the kneecap and surrounding structures. By providing additional cushioning and support, they can also help to absorb shock and reduce impact forces during activities like running and jumping.
Orthotic insoles can correct any biomechanical abnormalities in the foot that may be contributing to anterior knee pain. For example, if you have flat feet or high arches, this can affect the way they walk or run, which can put additional strain on the knees. Orthotic insoles can help to correct these issues and reduce the risk of injury or pain.
Studies Have Shown That Orthotic Insoles Can Be Effective in Reducing Anterior Knee Pain
A 2017 review of the literature found that custom-made orthotics were effective in reducing pain and improving function in individuals with anterior knee pain, compared to other interventions like taping and exercise therapy.
Can Insoles help me?
Anterior knee pain can be a frustrating and debilitating condition, but there are effective treatments available, including the use of orthotic insoles. These specialised shoe inserts can help to improve foot alignment, reduce pressure on the knees, and correct biomechanical abnormalities that may be contributing to pain. If you are experiencing anterior knee pain, talk to our clinicians about whether orthotic insoles may be a useful treatment option for you.
Here are some additional tips for managing anterior knee pain:
- Lose weight if you are able.
- Strengthen the muscles around your knees.
- Stretch your hamstrings and quadriceps regularly.
- Wear shoes that provide good support.
- Avoid activities that aggravate your pain.