Knee Osteoarthritis (OA) is a leading cause of disability around the world. OA of the knee is commonly known as a wear and tear arthritis and usually affects one side of the knee more than the other. This wear and tear can result in changes to the knee alignment, resulting in a knock knee or bow leg appearance at the knees.
Medial OA knee pain refers to pain on the inside of the knee joint and is usually associated with a bow leg (Genu Varus) alignment. Lateral OA knee pain refers to pain on the outside of the knee and is usually associated with a knock knee (Genu Valgus) alignment.
Symptoms can include:
- Pain or discomfort in the knee, this can usually be in one side of the knee or general knee pain. Pain usually worsens with increased activity.
- Swelling around the knee joint. This can be generalised across the knee or in an isolated area of pain.
- Increased stiffness in the knee, particularly after periods of rest.
- Decreased mobility, making certain activities more difficult such as; getting up from a seated position or out of a car.
There are a range of orthotic interventions for OA knee pain. Knee bracing is a common intervention for OA of the knee and is a conservative non-invasive management of the painful symptoms often associated with knee OA. These types of braces are usually known as unloader of off-loading knee braces and are designed to improve the alignment of the knee and reduce pressures in affected side. There are a range of orthotic interventions available for the treatment of OA knee pain.
For more information on the orthotic options for knee pain check out our blog HERE
Total Body Orthotics offers face-to-face clinical assessments for the provision, measurements and fitting of a wide range of orthotic devices from insoles to fully customised Knee Ankle Foot Orthosis (KAFOs). Appointments are based at our clinic at The Arcade, High Street, Eccleshall , Staffordshire, ST21 6BZ. There is a £50 assessment fee to access this service.
If you have purchased a device from us and are struggling with fitting or wear we also provide free online Zoom consultations with our orthotist where we can provide remote support and advice where possible.