Correcting biomechanics may ease bunion pain, runner's knee
When it comes to sports injuries, it's all about the biomechanics.
An article in the New York Daily News features a question posed by a 36-year-old runner who is concerned with his stiff knee, which he developed as a result of practicing his sport for years. He inquired whether it was a good idea to begin training for the New York City Marathon.
In response, Dr. Lewis Maharam explained that his problems likely stem from improper biomechanics, which are usually genetic.
"Blame your parents, they gave you feet like yours! Anyone whose foot rolls inward (pronation) during a stride is a candidate, but the real high risk for runners are people with extremely flat feet, a large, pronating forefoot," the physician wrote.
Maharam recommended a combination of orthotics, exercises and physical therapy to help alleviate knee pain.
According to Superior Biomechanics, an improper foot landing or other structural issues with the foot can also cause bunions, especially in athletes.Individuals who want to avoid risky bunion surgery may want to consider using bunion splints or orthotics, which are pain-free, non-invasive methods of bunion correction.