Is Walking Bad For My Knees?

Knee Pain

Have you ever experienced knee pain?

It can slow you down, irritate you as you walk up and down the stairs, cause you pain when you bend down and ultimately leave you frustrated and wondering if it’s ever going to wear off.

If you’ve experienced any of this, you’re not alone.

Knee pain is one of the most common things that we encounter with patients at Preferred Physical Therapy. Many people living with painful knees become frustrated because they don’t understand how the pain came about.

Some people have been told by a family member or friend that knee pain is just a part of ‘getting old’. Others believe that knee pain is something that randomly occurs and then magically goes away over time.

The unanticipated arrival of knee pain can be a bit confusing, especially if you haven’t done anything that would cause your knee harm. Occasionally knee pain can arise from a nasty fall or misstep that set the joint off. But more often than not, common everyday habits can cause our knees harm without us even realizing it.

Here are three of the most common habits I see people doing that can cause them to suffer knee pain.

Wearing The Wrong Shoes

I know it’s probably not something that you want to hear, but your favorite shoes can be causing you to suffer knee pain. Whether it be heels, dress shoes or even sandals, the wrong pair of shoes has the power to place additional stress on your knees.

In order to avoid this, it’s important to find shoes that have a good amount of cushioning. Cushioning can absorb the impact that your leg experiences when your foot hits the ground, helping to dampen the shock from reaching your knee.

Sitting With Your Legs Bent

As shown by evolution, you and I were not designed to sit down for long stretches of time. We place our knees in an unnatural position they aren’t meant to be in for extended periods of times. When we sit down, either at a table, desk or on the couch, we stretch the ligaments and muscles as our knees bend underneath.

Keeping your legs straight as long as you can and limiting the amount of time your knees are bent will decrease the stress placed on the ligaments.

Taking It A Little Too Easy

Most people that I see have seen a doctor that has prescribed them “rest” as a solution to their knee pain. But what exactly does rest mean? What it doesn’t mean is sitting on your couch all day, binge watching your favorite shows. Resting means not doing much to irritate your symptoms.

Although rest is an important part of life, too much rest can cause the joints in the body to become tight and stiff. Doing low-impact exercises such as swimming, walking, yoga, or cycling can be great for the knees, as well as your fitness!

What Have You Been Doing?

If you’ve been doing any of these habits, putting an end to them can positively influence how your knees feel. It can prevent the pain from getting worse and even stop it all together.

Although there are other things that can be done to reduce this pain- such as getting hands-on treatment and tailored exercised from a Physical Therapist- knowing the basics can be a great place to start.

If you apply these changes daily, you’ll feel a vast difference in your ability to do the things that you enjoy everyday.

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Nick Hunter, PT, DPT

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