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Running shoes for knee pain

👟Running shoes for knee pain🤕

Knee pain is the most common running injury, so what can you put on your feet to help?🤷‍♀️

Some shoe characteristics that can reduce loading of the knee include:

  1. Lower heel to toe drop

  2. Less cushioned shoes

  3. More minimalist type shoes: minimalist shoes have shown to decrease patellofemoral loads by 15% (Bonacci 2018)

⚠️Avoid using a shoe that is too different to what you are currently wearing. A sudden change may contribute to injury! Remember that shoes don't make load magically disappear, they shift to another area & in the case of the above, more work will be done by the calves & feet.

👋Runners, share this with your friends suffering knee pain!


Besson, T., et al. (2019). "Influence of shoe drop on running kinematics and kinetics in female runners." European Journal of Sport Science 19(10): 1320-1327.

Bonacci, J., et al. (2018). "The influence of cadence and shoes on patellofemoral joint kinetics in runners with patellofemoral pain." J Sci Med Sport 21(6): 574-578.

Richert, F. C., et al. (2019). "The effect of the heel-to-toe drop of standard running shoes on lower limb biomechanics." Footwear Science 11(3): 161-170.

Sinclair, J., et al. (2016). "The Influence of Minimalist and Maximalist Footwear on Patellofemoral Kinetics During Running." J Appl Biomech 32(4): 359-364.

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