Are your knees turning inwards when you stand or walk? Have you been dealing with stiff joints, knee pain, and walking with a limp?
If you have been diagnosed with knock knees, there are simple steps that you can take in order to improve the way you walk, and I will guide you through these steps.
Knock knees (Gene Valcum) is a knee misalignment that turns your knees inward, and you will notice your two knees touching each other while standing straight. It’s important to understand that knock knees are opposite of bow legs, since in the case of bow legs, the knees are far away from each other.
This is a condition that happens mostly in children between the ages of 3 and 7, but it can also develop later in life from:
- Injury/Infection in your knee or leg.
- Severe lack of vitamin D and calcium.
- Arthritis in the knee.
The appropriate treatment will depend on what is the cause if your condition. If you are lacking vitamin D your doctor will probably recommend certain supplements and if you are dealing with obesity you will probably have to get involved in a weight loss program.
Before going through surgery, I always recommend wearing the correct type of shoes and in certain cases orthotics, since they can be extremely effective in improving your posture and allowing you to walk and run straighter. However, it all starts with wearing the correct the of shoes.
The issue is that there are only certain shoe styles that will help treat and prevent this condition. The good news is that I know exactly which shoe styles will work better for knock knees from having fitted them before.
I am an expert when it comes to fitting women’s shoes since I have been working for a specialized shoe store for the last 10 years. Moreover, I have been helping women find the correct type of shoes and orthotics to reduce or fully eliminate the foot and leg pain that they were having. We specialize in women with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fitting as well.
The correct type of shoes will help straighten your feet and legs. Let me prove this to you…
Here is another picture of a woman that is flat footed wearing a pair of unsupportive shoes. Do you notice how her feet are collapsing and turning inwards?
Now let’s take a look at a picture of the same woman wearing a pair of supportive shoes. Do you notice how much straighter her feet are?
We also carry orthotics in case the shoes are not fully correcting the condition. We are one of the most popular premier specialty shoe stores in the country, and I am lucky enough to help a great number of women and children on a daily basis.
The simplest way to figure out whether you have knock knees is to stand straight and notice if the knees come together, you need to make sure you are indeed standing straight.
You should be aware that knock knees is a condition that can be painful and, in some cases, may require surgery to reduce or fully eliminate the pain, but if you buy the correct pair of shoes (substantial and supportive), you can significantly improve the way you walk and reduce or even eliminate the pain completely.
I will show you a selection of the best shoes for women with knock knees shortly, bur first I want to show you what features the shoes will provide to your feet and legs and how to figure out your exact foot size from home.
What Are the Causes and Symptoms of Knock Knees in Women?
There are several potential causes of knock knees, including metabolic bone disorders and genetic disorder. Other causes can be obesity, arthritis (particularly in the knee) and deficiency of vitamins, such as vitamin D and calcium.
Knock knees might cause pain especially when you are involved in sports or high impact activities.
Please be mindful about consulting a doctor or a physical therapist, they might advise you to be fitted in braces and orthotics to support the legs and possibly correct them in time. But if you have a case of severe knock knees the doctor might consider surgery.
Some of the symptoms of knock knees may include:
- Knee pain.
- Foot pain.
- Lack of balance when standing.
- Stiff pain.
- Ankle pain.
Shoes for Knock Knees: The 3 Most Important Features!
The following are the features that a shoe must provide for a person with knock knees:
- Substantial Sole: Choosing a shoe with a substantial sole and good arch support will reduce or fully eliminate the shock that your feet receive every time they impact the ground. The substantial sole of the shoe will prevent your feet from turning inwards or outwards and help straighten you feet and legs.
- Firm Heel Counter: This feature will help strengthen as well as straighten your ankles. The heel counter is the back part of the shoe. If you are not sure where the heel counter is located take a look at the image below:
- Lightweight and Flexibility: while the shoes must be supportive, they need to be lightweight and flexible at the same time to prevent your feet from easily getting tired.
I also wanted to add that one important extra feature is depth. Shoes need to be deep in case you need to fit an orthotic inside them for extra support.
An adequate supportive shoe that is the correct size will improve your overall posture and help you walk and run straighter.
Please bear in mind that you won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer if you don’t get the correct shoe size.
Being honest, are you a 100% sure that you are wearing the correct shoe size?
I always recommend women to go to their local fitting shoe store, where a shoe fitter can properly measure their feet and find shoes accordingly. However, several women have contacted me asking me where they can buy their shoes online, since they don’t have a local shoe store that they trust near their area.
START by reading an article that I wrote where I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your foot size from home:
In the case of women that have knock knees, there is a particular shoe style that I have fitted before that has proven to be the most effective one when it comes to helping women who are experiencing foot and leg pain. This shoe is made by New Balance, and it’s available in different widths such as medium, wide, and extra wide.
What makes this shoe style so special is that it provides arch support, a firm heel counter, and it’s deep enough to fit an orthotic inside. The shoe is also extremely durable, which is a very important feature to keep in mind since a woman that has knock knees is putting pressure in parts of her body where she is not supposed to. This usually leads to the shoes wearing out faster than expected. However, this won’t happen with this particular shoe style since it is extremely durable.
The Best Shoes for Women with Knock Knees ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Please keep in mind that I only write reviews of shoe styles that I have fitted before, otherwise I wouldn’t know how well-made they are, the amount of support that they provide, and how they fit.
Below you can find the best shoes for women with knock knees:
This shoe style fits “true to size”, which means that you need to go a half a size longer of the size that you measure in the standard foot measuring scale (Brannock device) in order to prevent your toes from rubbing against the front or side of the shoes.
There are also other specific shoe styles that have worked extremely well for women with knock knees.
Here is a selection of other shoe styles that I have fitted for women with knock knees that have proven to be extremely effective in improving their walking gait and reducing the pain as well:
All of these shoe styles also fit “true to size”, which means that you need to go a half a size longer of the size that you measure in the standard foot measuring scale (Brannock device) in order to prevent your toes from rubbing against the front or side of the shoes.
Do you happen to have a child with knock knees? I wrote an article where I describe the best shoes and orthotics for children with knock knees. Go to the link below:
I have seen many women come back to the shoe store to thanks us about the difference the shoes have made in their daily lives. Please bear in mind that good supportive shoes will work in cases where knock knees are not severe, and the ankles are not that far apart.
In mild cases of knock knees where the ankles are further apart, you may have to wear braces or orthotics to correct the issue, straighten the ankles and reduce or fully eliminate the pain.
The Best Orthotics for Women with Knock Knees ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
All of the shoe styles that I recommend above can support braces and orthotics, so you will be able to FIT an orthotic in any of these shoe styles in order to provide support for your feet and legs.
If you have tried a pair of good supportive shoes that are the correct size, but they haven’t improved the way you walk and the pain persists, then its time to try an orthotic inside your shoes.
There is a particular orthotic that I have tried before that has proven to be the most effective one in helping women walk and run straighter, and you can find that orthotic here:
In addition to straighten your feet and knees, this orthotic will help alleviate and prevent common injuries such as plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, shin splints, iliotibial band syndrome, achilles tendonitis and other conditions of the foot, knee, and hip. They provide optimal arch support, which will help prevent your feet from collapsing and align your feet and legs.
For example, let’s take a look at a picture of a woman with flat feet and knock knees standing barefoot. Do you notice how her feet are collapsing and turning inwards?
Now let’s take a look at a picture of the same woman standing in a pair of orthotics. Do you notice how her feet are much straighter?
Knock knees can be very painful and can limit your lifestyle. The condition should be monitored as early as it starts to develop and when it seems to be getting worse, visit your doctor or physical therapist for advice on the steps to take.
Just be aware that surgery is usually the last resort to correct this issue and mostly just considered for severe cases.
Now that you know which are the best shoes and orthotics for women’s with knock knees, you ready to make the most informed decision.
Have you found a particular shoe style or orthotic that has helped you in improving this condition? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so other women can benefit from them.