Everything changes when the feet hit the ground. You might ask what do my feet have to do with my KNEES?
It has been found that 90% of all people pronate at the ankle. Now, what does that mean? Simply put the loss of your foot arch. That throws off your foundation of support causing the inside of your KNEE to bear the stresses it was never meant to.
It is a misconception for many people that they have flat feet.
When indeed it is only a fallen arch from childhood as we start walking the arch is so weak it cannot support our upper body weight.
If the average adult takes between 6,000 and 10,000 steps each day, 7 days per week, over a period of 50 years, that will be millions of times the KNEE is put in position to bear stress it was never meant to.
The other big risk factor is the weakness of your hip and thigh muscles and lack of proper support to your arch.
Most shoes do not have proper arch supports though optically they may look like it. Proper arch support can only be made for you. We at Premier Physical & Occupational Therapy have been using sole supports founded by Dr. Ed Glaser, DPM (Doctor of Podiatric Medicine) with great success in helping people to eradicate plantar fasciitis, ankle problems, KNEE, hip, and back problems.
Hopefully, you can see that without the proper base and foundation of your foot you are going to be at serious risk in your fourth and fifth decades of your life for having KNEE problems. This is preventable in most cases if caught early enough.
We break our KNEE down slowly but surely with every step we take over our lifetime, if our ankles are not held in the proper position and the KNEE takes the brunt of all the stresses of our daily lives.
The solution is to correct the foot pronation and strengthen the weak muscles of your knees and thighs. In order to solve the problem of how we break our KNEES down we must be thinking on a functional basis of what we do daily that causes this.
I hope the above information helps you to understand how we break our KNEES down over time.
What are our findings?
Total KNEE replacements are rampant in America, and it affects females more than males.
First of all, a woman’s pelvis is wider for the ability to give childbirth and their thigh bone is at a greater angle to the KNEE than in men. Women have a greater amount of KNEE problems than men. They wear their KNEES out more quickly. If they are pronating at the ankle and weak at the hip and thigh muscles, it is almost a guarantee that they will break their KNEES down.
To learn more we encourage you to contact our staff at Premier Physical & Occupational Therapy, 606-325-0910. A Physical Therapist can help teach you how to correct foot pronation so that you won’t break your KNEES down.
Again, we take your health very seriously and we will do everything in our power to help you regain your total health, but we have learned it is far more important to PREVENT a problem than fix it later!