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Footwear for Knee Pain

Best Running Shoes for Knee Pain

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Posted 9 months ago


Last updated: 17/02/2023


by James McCormack

James McCormack is a Physical Therapist who specialises in knee, foot & ankle injuries. www.james-mccormack.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

Many people want to know what are the best running shoes for knee pain. The answer to this is very much dependent on what the cause of your knee pain is. We have many different articles about different knee injuries and causes of knee pain to help you understand this better. The first course of action is to get an assessment with a physical therapist or sports doctor to get the correct diagnosis and management plan for your injury. 

The second key element to your recovery and to ensure that running is the right exercise for you to be doing is to get a run assessment to look at your gait. There are some running styles that can put more pressure on your knees. Some advice from an experienced professional can give you some simple cues, or strength and conditioning that can improve your gait and take some of the pressure off your knees, if they get pain from running.

Here follows our recommendations of three running shoes that are great for sore or achy knees, that might be caused by some degeneration or wear and tear. These are all neutral shoes with plenty of cushioning to reduce the impact that your body has to absorb. If at your running assessment you find out that you need additional stability, you might opt for a custom-made insole that can be put into these running shoes, or a stability style shoe.

Asics Gel-Nimbus 24

These are highly cushioned trainers for a soft landing with every step. They offer impact protection for your knees.

These are a great option for those with any joint pain or for extra cushioning on longer runs.

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Saucony Triump 19

These are a very light pain or soft and highly cushioned trainers. Making each step feel soft while also feeling light and unencumbered.

These are good shoes for those who want a bit of extra protection and reduction of impact through their joints. 

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Hoka Bondi 8

These are made from soft and light foam with a heel extension for a softer landing.

These are especially good trainers for those that want extra cushioning and those who land heavily on their heel. 

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This is not medical advice. We recommend a consultation with a medical professional such as James McCormack. He offers Online Physiotherapy Appointments.

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