Am I Getting Knee Pain From Walking Too Much?

If you’re worried about whether walking is bad for your knees, and unsure whether too much walking is causing your knee pain, this blog answers all of your questions!

Walking is a really enjoyable way to stay fit and healthy for many – whether that’s walking the dogs, taking long hikes at the weekend, or simply an afternoon stroll to stretch your legs.

It gets you outdoors, in the fresh air, and can help you clear your mind when life feels too busy.

But this can be ruined if you’re anxious and paranoid that the thing you love; walking, is actually leading to MORE knee pain.

Am I Getting Knee Pain From Walking Too Much?

Walking is a fantastic form of exercise.

It’s low-impact, easy on the joints, and can be done almost anywhere.

But, can walking too much lead to knee pain?

The answer is yes.

Excessive walking can lead to overuse injuries such as runner’s knee, IT band syndrome, and osteoarthritis which can cause pain, discomfort, and even long-term damage to the knee joint.

But the important word here is excessive.

And if you get knee pain when walking, it’s most likely NOT due to walking too much.

I know you’ve been scared and made paranoid by your doctor, and social media about all the activities you should avoid – and our approach is to help you stay as active as possible, not to terrify you and give you a huge list of things you can’t do anymore.

Especially things that are essential and needed every single day, such as walking.

The thing is that it’s much more likely that you are doing other things which are the underlying reason for your knee pain – not the walking itself.

And here are three of the most common causes of knee pain that many people who visit our clinic are doing on a daily basis, without even realizing!

So if you get knee pain when walking, you don’t need to become fearful of walking and instead can try to address these three common causes of knee pain so you can get back to your hike, walking with your spouse, and taking the kids to school without sore, stiff knees ruining these activities.


Can Shoes Cause Knee Pain?

I know it’s probably not something you want to hear, but your favorite shoes CAN cause 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.

It’s also important to regularly replace your shoes, as this cushioning wears down over time and what was once a great pair of walking shoes, becomes a pair of shoes that lead to more and more knee pain as you walk.

Listen to our podcast to learn how your shoes could be causing your knee, hip, and foot pain.

Does Sitting With Your Legs Bent Lead To Knee Pain?

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 time.

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 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!

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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 knee pain from getting worse and even stop it completely!

Although there are other things that can be done to reduce knee pain – such as getting hands-on treatment and tailored exercise from a Physical Therapist at our clinic in Glendale, Arizona – 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 every day.

If you want more information on how YOU can recover from knee pain fast and without painkillers, give our free report a try.

It’s completely FREE and will show you the best ways to end knee pain without having to visit the doctor’s office.

Download Your Free Knee Pain Report

If you’d like to take advantage of these quick, free tips, click here to access the report.



Want To Quickly Discover Why Your Knee Hurts When Walking?

You've learned about three of the most common causes of knee pain, but the body is very complex, and it can be hard to truly find the root cause of your knee pain.

That's why your knee pain may have been lasting for years, and getting progressively worse (despite trying everything you can think of to fix it!).

To help you, we would recommend that you arrange a Free Knee Pain Discovery Visit where you can speak to an expert physical therapist for FREE - yes, for free!

At our clinic, we specialize in helping people overcome pain fast, and without pills, injections, or surgery and get back to an active life filled with doing things they love.

As demand at our clinic is extremely high, we only have a limited number of Free Knee Pain Discovery Visits so click the link below, or call us on (623) 486-3333 to get yours before they are gone!

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