And now here you are, only 15 years later, having realized that you’re starting to walk just like her! Knee osteoarthritis can make you look and feel very old way before your time.
“I’m still young,” you may be thinking. How did this happen to me?”
If you Google the internet, you’ll be told that knee osteoarthritis is part of the natural aging process. You’ll be told that normal wear and tear on your knee joint occurs from walking, standing and using your knees. In time this results in a thinning of your knee cartilage, creating stiffness and pain.
That’s what the vast majority of articles on the internet are saying. But that’s not what my 45 years of medical experience and research have shown me. My research indicates that osteoarthritis of the knee is not a normal part of growing old!
Nor is it usually caused by wearing high heels, by being overweight or by lack of exercise, though many doctors point to these as factors.
A recent blog on knee osteoarthritis, written by Dr. Mercola, Knee Osteoarthritis Could Affect 6.5 Million Americans By 2020, points out that this affliction is twice as common in women than in men. Mercola speculates that the main culprit for this is high heeled shoes. High heels shift a woman’s posture into an unnatural position so their body falls forward. They then lean backward in order to keep from falling. Mercola postulates that this change in human posture adds significant strain to the knees and over time leads to knee osteoarthritis.
Mercola also suggests that another common cause of knee osteoarthritis is lack of exercise, especially not enough walking. He cited a research result from a prominent school of medicine; saying that over 40 % of men and 50 % of women who suffered from knee osteoarthritis were inactive, walking less than 10 minutes a week.
Mercola feels that this sedate life style will make you prone to gaining weight and cause your muscles to tighten up. Add this together and you end up with pain in your knees.
As logical as all this sounds, this has not been my experience in my many years of practice. I’ve had many women patients suffering from knee osteoarthritis whose mantra was ‘Thou shall not wear high heels.’ I’ve seen many patients suffering from knee osteoarthritis who were quite lean and I’ve had active patients in their mid twenties who were complaining of knee pain without having had an injury.
So what does all this mean? It means that – though I greatly respect Dr Mercola – none of his explanations are the cause of knee osteoarthritis.
How Knee Osteoarthritis Develops
Over the past 45 years, I’ve been involved in research looking at how humans walk and how changes in the human gait can lead to pain in the joints and muscles.
My question was; what causes these gait changes and why do they lead to the development of musculoskeletal pain?
Simply said; I found that when your foot twists as you stand and walk (technically termed ‘abnormal pronation’) your body shifts into a distorted position where your hips, shoulders and head are thrown forward. In this distorted posture, asymmetrical (uneven) stress patterns are generated in your weight bearing joints throughout your entire skeletal framework – foot to jaw.
In time, these asymmetrical stress patterns result in thinning of the cartilaginous caps lining your weight bearing joints (such as your knees). As the cartilage thins, the natural shock absorption capabilities within your joints are attenuated. If the stress patterns are severe enough, eventually the cartilage is totally destroyed, resulting in bone on bone contact.
The end result is osteodegenerative arthritis.
What I have just described is based on clinical research studies that I’ve conducted through the years and has been published in peer reviewed medical journals.
The Real Cause Of Knee Osteoarthritis
Abnormal foot pronation is a symptom, just like a fever is a symptom of a bacterial infection. The question is; why does the foot abnormally pronate (twist)?
The foot abnormally pronates because it’s being forced to do so when you have an abnormal foot structure – either the Rothbarts Foot or PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity.
If you have knee osteoarthritis and feeling old way before your time, read the information on this website to out if you may have one of these two common foot structures and how you can effectively treat them. Doing so will correct your foot twist and allow your body to heal. And this includes your painful, stiff knees.
Reading the Curing Chronic Pain website will give you more information about the abnormal foot structures Professor/Dr. Rothbart discovered that cause many forms of chronic muscle and joint pain and help you determine whether an Initial Phone Consultation with him might be helpful.
For a more complete explanation of the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity, read: Abnormal Foot Structures That Cause Chronic Pain.
As you learn more about Professor/Dr. Rothbart’s innovative therapy, you may find that addressing and effectively treating your foot structure may be the missing link to ending your long time battle with unrelenting muscle and joint pain.
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Professor/Dr. Brian A. Rothbart
Chronic Pain Elimination Specialist
Discovered the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity
Developer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy
Inventor and Designer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Insoles
Founder of the International Academy of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy
Free Excerpt from Professor/Dr. Rothbart’s second book, The Foot’s Connection To Chronic Pain