How to Tell If Wedged Insoles Will Work For You
Lanny L. Johnson, M.D. a world recognized orthopedic surgeon, has created a simple test to determine if you or a patient has enough looseness of the knee ligaments and the foot and ankle to have insoles be a benefit. If you or a patient pass this test based on mobility, the wedged insoles will be effective and transfer forces to the healthier side of the knee joint. See the evidence: https://drlannysinsoles.com/independent-testing/
The lateral wedge moves the compliant foot and ankle outward, resulting in a knock knee force at the knee. If the knee is compliant, the forces are shifted away from the inner side to the outer side. But if the patient’s foot and ankle are stiff, there will be no outward motion and no transfer of forces. Therefore, there is no resultant shift of forces upward toward the knee joint. There is no benefit to wedge insoles if there is no foot, ankle and knee joint compliance.
Why Wedged Insoles Are Considered “A Waste of Money”
There are two main reasons why wedged insoles are often thought to be a waste of money. The first is that evidence suggests there is no difference between buying a pricey custom made orthotic vs. an inexpensive store bought insert. This argument makes sense if you are shopping for comfort insoles. Comfort insoles cannot be expected to alleviate pain. The second reason wedged insoles are sometimes thought to be a waste of money is “they don’t work”. The truth is, knee pain is a complicated condition to address. Knee pain may be the result of an injury, such as a ruptured ligament or torn cartilage. Medical conditions — including arthritis, gout and infections — also can cause knee pain. It is important to determine the specific reason for you knee pain, and choose your treatment accordingly. iI you are a candidate for wedged insoles based on the test, it will behoove you to buy specific wedged insoles depending on what kind of pain you have.