• Luke Nelson

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!




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📚References

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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