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Orthodics and knee pain

Posted by MMW on 3/01/01 at 09:49 (040173)

Ever since I started wearing orthodics (over the counter) because my heel was out of alignment, my knees have been hurting more. They were slightly sore, but I can really feel more pain these days. Feels like my kneecaps are out of place. Is my knee pain related to the orthodics or is it possibly something else. My PT couldn't figure it out.

Re: Orthodics and knee pain

Richard, C.Ped on 3/01/01 at 10:30 (040178)

Hi,
I have a couple of questions. Which side does your knee hurt the most? In or out? What type of inserts are you using? Try going without the inserts and see if your knees stop hurting.

Let us know what happens.
Richard

Re: Orthodics and knee pain

MMW on 3/01/01 at 15:08 (040203)

The pain is always switching depending on activity, such as sitting, walking, going up stairs, or going down stairs. The pain lingers. But, it is always at the kneecap. Most of the time it feels like the joint is rubbing on the inside of the kneecap and have the sensation of trying to pop the joint (I feel like I want to rip my kneecaps off). I do the wall sits to make it feel a little better but doesn't do all that much. The other area of pain is on the lower outside corner of both kneecaps and the upper corner of the inside of the kneecaps.I've never had knee problems til now. I definitely noticed after skiing in December. But I have skiied all my life. I sprained my left ankle about 2 years ago 6 times during that year... mistepping and also have had tendonitis in my right ankle as well as spraining it a few times throughout my life. I was told to use orthodics, don't know what brand they are but they were over the counter from a specialty orthodic shoe store. They are the soft kind. I was told that my heel is way out of line on my left foot, that is why I am getting a bunion on the big toe metatarpal, and somewhat out of line on my right. Although, I feel more confident walking with the orthodics and I haven't had the bunion anymore, my knees hurt. How can I find a happy medium between my feet and my knees?
Should I see a specialist now?

Re: Orthodics and knee pain

Richard, C.Ped on 3/01/01 at 15:12 (040204)

I would recommend seeing someone soon. I think a good gait analysis would be in order.

Did you wear the inserts in your boots?
Richard

Re: Orthodics and knee pain

MMW on 3/01/01 at 17:27 (040217)

Thank you for your help and response. I will try and get my PCP to refer me to an orthopedic. No, I have not used the orthodics in my ski boots. Haven't been skiing since then... only snowboarding once and did not have the orthodics yet.

Re: Orthodics and knee pain

Richard, C.Ped on 3/01/01 at 10:30 (040178)

Hi,
I have a couple of questions. Which side does your knee hurt the most? In or out? What type of inserts are you using? Try going without the inserts and see if your knees stop hurting.

Let us know what happens.
Richard

Re: Orthodics and knee pain

MMW on 3/01/01 at 15:08 (040203)

The pain is always switching depending on activity, such as sitting, walking, going up stairs, or going down stairs. The pain lingers. But, it is always at the kneecap. Most of the time it feels like the joint is rubbing on the inside of the kneecap and have the sensation of trying to pop the joint (I feel like I want to rip my kneecaps off). I do the wall sits to make it feel a little better but doesn't do all that much. The other area of pain is on the lower outside corner of both kneecaps and the upper corner of the inside of the kneecaps.I've never had knee problems til now. I definitely noticed after skiing in December. But I have skiied all my life. I sprained my left ankle about 2 years ago 6 times during that year... mistepping and also have had tendonitis in my right ankle as well as spraining it a few times throughout my life. I was told to use orthodics, don't know what brand they are but they were over the counter from a specialty orthodic shoe store. They are the soft kind. I was told that my heel is way out of line on my left foot, that is why I am getting a bunion on the big toe metatarpal, and somewhat out of line on my right. Although, I feel more confident walking with the orthodics and I haven't had the bunion anymore, my knees hurt. How can I find a happy medium between my feet and my knees?
Should I see a specialist now?

Re: Orthodics and knee pain

Richard, C.Ped on 3/01/01 at 15:12 (040204)

I would recommend seeing someone soon. I think a good gait analysis would be in order.

Did you wear the inserts in your boots?
Richard

Re: Orthodics and knee pain

MMW on 3/01/01 at 17:27 (040217)

Thank you for your help and response. I will try and get my PCP to refer me to an orthopedic. No, I have not used the orthodics in my ski boots. Haven't been skiing since then... only snowboarding once and did not have the orthodics yet.