Stability Walking Shoes for Arthritic Knees – Good or Bad?
In a recent report of a study published in the journal Arthritis Care & Research, found flip-flops and sneakers with flexible soles are easier on the knees than clogs or even special (stability) walking shoes,
“Traditionally, footwear has been engineered to provide maximum support and comfort for the foot, with little attention paid to the biomechanical effects on the rest of the leg,” said Dr. Najia Shakoor, a rheumatologist at Rush and the primary author of the study. “But the shoes we wear have a substantial impact on the load on the knee joints, particularly when we walk.”
In our past MCR articles on knee pains, you often find causes that a few steps away from the pain site such as the ankle,hip or lower back but utlimately link back bio-mechanically to the knee.
And this bio-mechanical chain sometimes make treatment or support choices difficult. Shakoor cautioned that knee loading is not the only consideration in any clinical recommendations based on her study. “For the elderly and infirm individuals, flip-flops could contribute to falls because of their loose-fitting design. Factors like these need to be taken into account,” Shakoor said.
1. Najia Shakoor, Mondira Sengupta, Kharma C. Foucher, Markus A. Wimmer, Louis F. Fogg, Joel A. Block. The effects of common footwear on joint loading in osteoarthritis of the knee. Arthritis Care & Research, 2010; DOI: 10.1002/acr.20165
Articles That You May Find Interesting
50 Popular Articles That You May Find Interesting
- Snapping Ankle - Physiotherapy
- Labour Epidural Cause Chronic Backache?
- The Best Exercises for Trochanteric Bursitis
- Posterior Pelvic Pain (Sacroiliac Joint Pain) in Pregnant Women
- How do I know if I have scoliosis?
- Diastasis Recti Abdominis - Conditions
- Cobb Angle and Scoliosis
- Maybe it isn't Plantar Fasciitis but Heel Fat Pad Syndrome
- What to do when your back hurts so much that you can't get out of bed?
- Multifidus - Smallest Yet Most Powerful Muscle
- Nerve Stretches
- Shoulder Pain - Frequently Asked Questions
- 'Clunking' Shoulders - Part I
- Waking up with neck pain? Find the right pillow.
- Not All Pain In the Back Is Back Pain - It Could Be Rib Pain
- MCL strain not getting better? Because it is Pes Ancerinus Tendinitis.
- Slipped Disc in Singapore - What to Do and Avoid
- Better to break a bone than to tear a ligament or tendon
- Knee Joint & Ankle Pain - Specialist Treatment in Singapore
- Acromion Clavicle Joint - Another source of shoulder pain
- Sway Back No More
- Knock Knees - Can I reverse it? (Part 1)
- Sway back posture: A leading poor posture type causing back pain
- Posterior Capsule stretches