Osteoarthritis in the knees - a case of bad wheel alignment?

August 13, 2017

Did you know that the way you walk is one of the most common causes of knee arthritis? 

 

We are starting to get a better understanding of how the repetitive - and often uneven - stresses created in joints when you walk eventually wear them out over time - very much like the tyre wear on your car when the wheel alignment is out of balance.

 

If you have had an injury to the joint - like an ACL or meniscal tear, then you are even more likely to get arthritis in your knees.

 

So what if we wheel aligned people? Could we even-out the wear & tear, slow down arthritis & reduce knee pain?

 

Evidence suggests that maybe we can!

 

If you have had knee pain for a while, had a knee injury, or have been told you have early stage knee arthritis, then it may be worth having your walking pattern/wheel alignment assessed. The right footwear and in many instances, foot orthoses, can improve your "wheel alignment" while walking. The National Institute for Health & Care Excellence recommends footwear and foot orthoses as important non-surgical treatments for knee osteoarthritis. This has been the topic of my PhD and is my major interest area at the practice. So lets see if we can help!

 

 

 

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