Recent Blog Articles

Exercise & Fitness

Beating osteoarthritis knee pain: Beyond special shoes

arthritis-walking-shoes-blog
August 1, 2016

Disclaimer:

As a service to our readers, Harvard Health Publishing provides access to our library of archived content. Please note the date of last review or update on all articles. No content on this site, regardless of date, should ever be used as a substitute for direct medical advice from your doctor or other qualified clinician.

Comments

Melissa Ewan
September 7, 2016

Hi,

How we should regret knee pain relieve?

I heard that “Protection of the knee from any sort of trauma is very important”
Is that true?

John H
August 14, 2016

I had arthroscopic surgery 13 years ago, and experience periodic knee pain now. My “magic shoe” is the Hoka Clifton. Before Hokas, I couldn’t walk more than a half mile without pain. After, I walked all over Rome and Florence for days on end with no pain-at least not in my knee-I got blisters on my big toe instead, as toe box is not wide enough. I DISPUTE the recommendation for stiff soles. The Hoka Clifton is somewhat flexible, much better than the stiff-soled Hoka Mafate. Another good shoe is the Newton AHA. My previous favorite shoe was the Nike Free – very flexible. I agree that the rocker sole is good, but it needs to be marshmallow soft as well

Neli
August 5, 2016

For a long time, I have had arthritis in my knees and I ‘v suffered. Knee pain wasn’t my only problem during my childhood but it’s was definitely the main thing Why I couldn’t play with my friends. Then I discovered Knee support brace and This was absolutely helpful for my knees, I found knee brace for arthritis here and now I can do everything , include playing my favorite game tennis. Thanks for this awesome article. I am really glad to read this helpful articles from you. Thanks again.

Jeanette
September 8, 2016

quando studiavo a Genova mi facevo quasi quotidianamente il viaggio di andata e di ritorno al buio pesto dentro alle gallerie perché la luce saltava negli scompartimenti dopo due metri dalla partenza…Era tutto buio, però a parte quando dormivo, l'altra cosa che mi piaceva era seguire la riga bianca che va su e giù sui muri delle gallerie abbinandola alle cose rittfsse…eulto ciò poteva bastare…

Sarabjit Romana
August 3, 2016

I am working as Chinese Medicine Practitionor for almost ten years, and I can proudly say that Acupuncture really works for Knee Pain related with injury, arthritis, Pulled ligament or weak muscles, torn miniscus etc. Acupuncture is not only good for to relieve pain , actually it can rejuvenate the muscles , promot the blood circulation and reduce the swelling. Acupuncture actually can do wonders but if done properly with the good understanding of the problem.As a chinese Medicine practitioner I am very passionate about Acupuncture and its results.

Jenny
August 4, 2016

As a patient of a very accomplished Acupuncturist practicing “Japanese” Acupuncture in Australia, I certainly agree with Sarabjit
Romana. The pain relief was amazing. I also exercise with walking and pilates to help stabilise and build muscles in my leg and back. My Orthopaedic Surgeon was amazed at my result.

Bernie Jasmin
August 3, 2016

I have tried all those mentioned remedies except operation on my
knees and shoulder joints but no relief. Few years ago I was using a
cane. Now I use two crutches to make few paces, hence a house-
bound. Is there any more effective remedy to rehabilitate my joints?

Diane
August 3, 2016

Dr Axe’s Collagen Powder has done wonders for all my joints. I mix 1 heaping tablespoon twice daily in my hot green tea. It doesn’t change the taste of the beverage. You could mix it in coffee or anything warm to make it dissolve. Give it a month, and you will see improvement. Check it out at draxe.com

Cheryl
August 21, 2016

Bernie, I don’t know if your issues are the same as mine, but here is what worked for me. I am bone-on-bone now, having had most of my cartilage removed in 1993 during arthoscopy. 2 years ago I began having deep achy pain and diminished range of motion. Losing 20 pounds helped, along with walking, bike riding, taking spinning classes, water aerobics, working out in the gym, and using a rowing machine. But what worked the most for me has been taking 500 mg of turmeric curcumin 3 times a day. It took about 2 months to notice a difference, but it has been wonderful! If I don’t take it for more than a week the achiness will slowly return. I can’t bend my knee very deeply and will definitely need a knee replacement but hope to avoid it for at least 5 more years, when I am 55. I have also lost another 50 pounds and have not tried the lubricating injections, as I am terrified of needles. Whatever you do, always stay active and don’t ever stop moving. Good luck!

Marge Musser
August 2, 2016

Wearing customs orthotics since 1981 has enabled me to keep walking
Comfortably all these years. Very little barefoot walking even in the house. Going even three days without them shows a big difference . Most of my shoes are ASICS, and they hold up well. Also wear cotton “footies”.

Terri
August 2, 2016

I find many of your articles seem to be biased and not include other alternative therapies like chiropractic.

Anonymous
August 2, 2016

“Research has provided mixed results on chondroitin and glucosamine supplements to relieve pain”

Interesting that you phrase it this way, as an actual summary of 19 studies of glucosamine shows that they’ve produced highly consistent results:

Marc
August 1, 2016

What about orthotics?

Inspiresavvy
August 1, 2016

This is informational

Commenting has been closed for this post.

Free Healthbeat Signup

Get the latest in health news delivered to your inbox!

Harvard Health Publishing Logo

Thanks for visiting. Don't miss your FREE gift.

The Best Diets for Cognitive Fitness, is yours absolutely FREE when you sign up to receive Health Alerts from Harvard Medical School

Sign up to get tips for living a healthy lifestyle, with ways to fight inflammation and improve cognitive health, plus the latest advances in preventative medicine, diet and exercise, pain relief, blood pressure and cholesterol management, and more.

Harvard Health Publishing Logo

Health Alerts from Harvard Medical School

Get helpful tips and guidance for everything from fighting inflammation to finding the best diets for weight loss...from exercises to build a stronger core to advice on treating cataracts. PLUS, the latest news on medical advances and breakthroughs from Harvard Medical School experts.

BONUS! Sign up now and
get a FREE copy of the
Best Diets for Cognitive Fitness

Harvard Health Publishing Logo

Stay on top of latest health news from Harvard Medical School.

Plus, get a FREE copy of the Best Diets for Cognitive Fitness.