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What are the best running insoles for knee pain?

Asked 3 years ago

Hi, are there any orthotic-friendly running shoes that will help ease knee pain?

Issac Dorsey

Wednesday, December 08, 2021

Some people are unaware that wearing improper running shoes can cause knee pain, which can be acute or chronic.

One of the best indicators of whether a shoe will work for someone is their level of comfort. It should be comfortable and contoured to your foot. I also recommend looking at the smoothness of a shoe’s transition from landing to pushing off; finding a shoe that works long-term requires a seamless transition from landing to pushing off. Recent research has found super shoes to best for high performance running. Read about them here.

Put personalized insoles in comfy shoes that “fit your feet” and you’re set to go. My personal fave are the Upstep ones. I like that they offer an on-staff podiatrist and other foot specialists in case you need assistance deciding what is best for your feet.

Taj Schlebusch

Taj Schlebusch

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Before diving into buying insoles for running shoes, first, identify what the cause of your runner's knee is. Is it caused by muscle imbalance (your muscles pull unevenly to support your weight and movement), a functional imbalance (your feet are pulling skew when you run, causing a misalignment), or simple overuse (maybe you're overdoing it)? If it's a functional imbalance, get orthotics (Upstep sends a free foot impression kit to tailor insoles for your feet). If it's not, then I would suggest you look for some exercises to rebalance your muscles around your knee or rest and take it easy.

Shawn Reynolds

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Yes, several orthotic-friendly running shoes will ease knee pain. They do this while providing good arch support and proper cushioning. Shoes must also be wide enough to accommodate insoles. Examples of such shoes include;

  • Brooks Adrenaline Running Shoe.
  • Nike React Pegasus Trail 4
  • Saucony Ride 15
  • New Balance 940 V4

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