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Knee pain from rolling on foot

Apr 11th, 2018

I have arthritis in my big toe (right foot) and tend to walk on the outside of my right foot.

 

I have developed pain in my right knee, especially when I walk down stairs or exercise. I have seen a physio and was given some exercises to strengthen the muscles around the knee but this has not helped and the pain is getting worse.

 

Am I at risk of damaging my knee and should I stop exercising, as this seems to make the pain worse? What would you suggest?

 

Thanks in advance

The Guru Responded:

You’re walking on the outside of you foot trying to offload your painful toe when pushing off – and it’s most likely the cause of your knee pain.

 

You don’t need to get stronger around your knee but you do need to get better control around your hip and pelvis. Getting some temporary length in your calf muscles will also help – try giving them a stretch but don’t expect dramatic, long term results!

 

I think you should try taping your knee to give some relief, and then work on getting better control around your hip….you’ve lost the control (and you’ll most likely have poor single leg balance) because of the toe or vica versa…

 

Take a look at these videos: for taping and for the control

 

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