Newsletter: Is arch collapse in your feet causing your knee pain?

Did you know if you have knee pain you should also have your feet checked? We say this for an important reason: The feet are the foundation of the body. When there are imbalances in the arches of the feet or fallen arches it has a negative impact on all the body structures above. The knee is the next joint up from the foot and ankle complex and many times this is where problems show up when there are issues in the feet.

Several good studies have shown a strong relationship between foot alignment and knee alignment. We have seen many patients who have tried pain pills, topical pain relievers and shots to try to alleviate knee pain. While these do temporarily help, they do no thing to address the root cause of the pain. Also, in cases of certain drugs such as ibuprofen, Aleve and prescriptions NSAIDS, they have been shown to actually increase the rate of degeneration in joints. For this obvious reason, medication is not a good idea for long-term use.

Dr. Kyle’s interest is in treating the root cause of knee pain, and for many patients issues in the feet are a big part of the problem. So, how do you know if foot issues are a culprit or contributor to your knee pain? The answer is to have a digital foot scan while standing. This scan looks closely at the arches to show any imbalances and how this may be affecting body structures above, including the knees. If the scan shows arch collapse or imbalance we prescribe custom orthotics from Foot Levelers. We have seen many patients over the years greatly benefit from wearing the right type of orthotics.

Orthotics combined with some exercises, joint support supplements, laser therapy and our new Knee On Trac therapy we introduced to you last newsletter creates a winning ticket for most forms of knee pain. For more information or to schedule a knee pain evaluation, call us at 507-752-7650. Click the link below to check out Dr. Kyle’s free report on knee pain.

Dr. Pankonin’s Guide to Knee Pain – Free Report

Kyle J. Pankonin, D.C.