Nearly one-fourth of men and women over the age of 55 report having knee pain on most days. At least half of these adults show signs of osteoarthritis when evaluating their knees on x-ray images, and many of them will exhibit signs of cartilage damage visible on MRI. Despite the high prevalence of knee arthritis, the cause remains poorly understood in the medical arena.
When you search through the research and literature that’s been published on knee biomechanics, knee injuries, and knee arthritis, there is much evidence that knee pain and arthritis is related to abnormal mechanical loading of the knee joint. Excessive stress to the knee can result from factors that cause abnormal biomechanical function and joint
Much of the medical research focuses specifically on knee biomechanics and misalignment, however the foot plays an even more substantial role in absorbing shock and ground forces during the gait cycle. Normal arch structure of the foot is paramount in minimizing the abrupt shock and
rotational stress to the knee with each step while walking or stride running.
When the foot loses its healthy alignment, it will lead to arch problems, and
many times flat feet. A large percentage of people develop flat feet during
their lifetime due to injury or sustained stress to the tiny bones and joints of the feet. This foot dysfunction will eventually affect the knees, cause chronic knee pain, and in some cases, it will even cause an erosion of the knee menisci (joint cartilage). Many people past the age of 50 to 55 years old will develop chronic knee pain in one or both knees. Knee surgery should be the last option on the list. Most knee conditions stem from a misalignment pattern that has become chronic over many years.
Chiropractic adjustments to the feet to restore better arch function, as well as the hips and pelvis can make a big difference in alleviating pain and restoring optimal knee function. Of course the knee may also need to be adjusted, but often the feet, ankles and hips are the main culprits.