The footwear industry has been growing on a rapid upward trajectory in recent years. The global market has been valued at $365.5 billion in 2020 and is estimated to reach upwards of $500 billion by 2027. This booming market makes trying to figure out what kind of shoes to wear increasingly difficult. Not only are there aesthetic decisions to make, but also ergonomic.
Sadly, many styles of shoes can be damaging over time. Wearing the wrong shoes can cause or exacerbate pain, take the foot out of a balanced position, and put unnatural amounts of stress on parts of the foot not made to handle the entire weight of our bodies for extended periods.
Now, you might wonder how the shoes you wear can be better or worse for your knees or other joints. The reasoning is that when the natural balancing of the foot is compromised, there is an upstream effect on the ankles and knees. For example, when someone loses their natural foot arch, their ankle joint starts to bend towards the space between their feet. This poor ankle position can then cause one’s tibia to rotate internally, leading to medial tibiofemoral cartilage damage and/or what is known as knock-knees.
Other common patterns of improper foot positioning due to shoes can result in improper knee position and pain. This shows why one should not just pick shoes that look good but also ones that support a healthy foot, ankle, and knee with balance and proper arch support and positioning.
If you are experiencing knee pain and wonder if your shoes might be the cause of your pain, then schedule an appointment to talk to one of our highly skilled healthcare professionals at OrthoNeuro. They will educate you about what kind of shoes will give you more support and make you more comfortable. Schedule an appointment with us today!