Do you play a sport regularly, or are you an active person overall? So many clients come in and tell us they have had to give up on their favorite sport or activity because their knees got so bad or they got an injury. If you don’t want this to happen to you, let us reassure you: it can be prevented. Almost entirely by choosing the right shoes, because they determine the amount of impact that will go straight to your knees. 

Whatever your activity of choice, there will be better shoes and not-so-good shoes you can wear for it. There are of course various factors that make some shoes better than others, and some of those factors will be down to your very personal body characteristics. Let us explain.

1. Pronation

Put simply, pronation is the movement of your foot as it lands when you are walking or running. When the foot lands in ‘neutral’ pronation, your weight is distributed more or less evenly among all your toes. But in people with ‘overpronation’ or ‘supination’, the foot’s motion as it lands is inward or outward, which puts too much pressure on one side of the foot and, you guessed it, puts a strain on the knee. What can you do? For starters, you can get your gait measured to learn more about your feet’s pronation. We recommend investing in the right pair of shoes too. There are shoes for each type, which will correct your foot’s movement.

2. Arch

Your arch can be low, medium or high. What this refers to is the section in the middle of the foot which is off the ground when you are standing up straight. Or, if you have flat feet, you won’t see an arch. The arch’s function is to support the weight of the body. As we’re sure you’ve guessed, if the arch can’t do its job, undue stress is put on the knee, resulting in pain and increased risk of injury. We recommend shoes with good arch support.

3. Size

Okay, so you’re familiar with this term. And right now you’re thinking “Yes I know what my shoe size is, thank you very much.” Wait, are you sure? According to research, most people are wearing the wrong shoe size. Yep, you heard us right. Most people. That’s a lot of the people. We don’t have to tell you that this can have all kinds of negative effects on your feet, and bad news for the feet usually means bad news for the knees. Get your foot size measured. Seriously. Thank us later!

4. Strike

Your foot strike is another term that refers to how you land on your foot each time you take a step, but it is somewhat different from the pronation. Yours is either heel, midfoot or forefoot. If you do a little bit of reading, you’ll probably find that it is recommended you adopt a midfoot strike, however, the research to prove this is actually scant. But research has found, is that changing your strike can increase your chances of injury. So it may actually be best for you to stick with whatever strike you already have. However, if you have severe knee pain then correcting your strike may be a good idea. 

If you’re not sure where your knee pain is coming from but you think it could be related to one of the above, check in with us for a consultation and we can recommend the best course of action for your specific case. 

We don’t want you to have to give up your favorite sport and will do everything we can to ensure that doesn’t have to happen.

Happy exercising!

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