How to Get Happy Knees

Are your Knees GOOD or BAD, HAPPY or SAD?

Knee pain is extremely common. Most of us have a bit of it.

When it bends, it can go from straight to about 140° so that the heels hit the buttocks. When walking, it only bends to approximately 20°. So, this is a HAPPY KNEE!!!

At some point of our lives, our knees become dissatisfied! SAD!!! As a result, we begin to feel down.


But how do they go wrong?

Arthritis is caused by Excessive wear and tear. An awful term that we hear so much about and associate with the end of our sporting career, walking sticks, surgery and other debilitating images.

Cartilages are the first line of defence but actual trauma to the bony joint surfaces leads to Osteoarthritis.

In England, it is estimated that 7.4 million people over the age of 45 suffer from Osteoarthritis.


Some people have mild symptoms.  For others the pain, stiffness and swelling can be severe. You may feel pain all the time even lying-in bed, most tender along the inside joint line but the whole knee can be painful. Pain may also arise during and after physical activity, walking up/ down stairs, squatting, sitting with the knees crossed.

When the condition progresses, the skin may appear unhealthy, shiny and papery quality. At times, extremely hot to the touch. This is an indication of inflammation occurring beneath the surface. Occasionally, the joint makes grating and rustling sounds.

If the kneecap is irritated, this can lead to damage to the knees as well. This occurs when the underside of the kneecap rubs on the leg bones.

Knee cartilage degeneration is another factor that contributes to knee pain. Degeneration occurs when cartilages become bruised and chipped. This can happen when the knee gives way during an unguarded movement.

There is no reason why you should give up your physical activity.


Should painkillers be your knees saver?

Exercise-therapy and weight control are the best osteoarthritis treatments to start with.  NOT PAINKILLERS!!! and therefore joint replacement surgery should be a last resort.


Exercise builds muscles and can help people maintain a healthy weight, which is important to manage osteoarthritis. You do not get more osteoarthritis from being physically active!!!

What helps?

  1. If you are experiencing discomfort, consider an anti-inflammatory gel or cream or taking an ibuprofen or similar type of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID)
  2. Visit a healthcare professional who would be able to review your condition and provide you with physical activity support.
  3. Low impact exercises such as walking, cycling and exercising in water are GOOD!!!
  4. Stronger muscles help keep your joints healthy. Strengthening exercises working major muscle groups can help maintain and improve muscle strength to support and protect the affected joint.
  5. Losing weight significantly reduces pain in most cases. Losing 5% of body weight can provide significant pain relief. Losing 10% of body weight can provide 50% pain relief and reduce the likelihood of a knee replacement.


When it comes to alleviating knee pain, we’d be happy to provide you with more details about our services.

Please get in touch if you would like a copy of our Knee Pain guide or to tell us about your knee pain:



    Our Clients Say...

    Always a pleasure to visit CFC who are always very professional in the treatments they offer and the service they give.
    D C B
    14:03 20 Sep 23
    Very impressed. Went there as I had a foot & leg issue. Was advised it will improve with treatment. Thank you.
    Heather Naylor
    19:08 15 Sep 23
    I reached out to a few clinics and this was the first one to respond. In minutes in fact. As circumstances turned out, we weren’t able to come to this part of the country as planned. So I didn’t get to take advantage of their services. But due credit should be given for that kind of customer service. Well done!
    Steven Purvis
    08:31 11 Sep 23
    Very efficient and professional assessment. A lot of useful information was provided to help memanage my Achilles Tendonopathy.
    Robert Heath-Webb
    12:35 12 Jul 23
    Easy to make an appointment, great explanation and care. Marta was really lovely and helpful
    06:45 27 Jun 23
    Excellent care and attention. Kay and her team have always given me just the right treatment in a professional, caring and personal way.
    Nicky Owen
    14:48 20 Jun 23
    My initial appointment was an impressively thorough check up and assessment. Practical advice was given, with immediate treatment of a minor problem. Friendly and reassuring throughout.
    Helen B
    21:25 14 Jun 23
    What a set up.Professional, caring and helpful.Felt completely at ease when being treated and the after care superb.I would happily recommend anyone to go to this podiatrist
    Kim Blake
    17:32 04 May 23
    First just to confirm, this is a completely independent review, as I have no connections with the clinic. Today was my first appointment there, and I'm pleased to say that it won't be my last. Having had long ongoing nail problems with skin sensitivity issues, as an ex-dancer, I was dreading going and felt quite anxious - especially as previous chiropodists had never really got to the root of the problem, therefore things had got progressively worse. In the first place, I was impressively fitted in here at extremely short notice between bank holidays. On arrival, I liked the environment: relaxed, calm, light, airy, and rather spa-like. From the receptionist to staff I chatted to while waiting, to my chosen podiatrist Annia, they could not have been better to meet and deal with. Annia was very welcoming and professional, somehow eased my anxiety, and greatly improved my toes - and the clincher - without any pain (for some weeks I had panicked that my throbbing big toenail was about to drop off). Result and relief! I also briefly met Lisa who seemed like another foot angel. The ladies here obviously care greatly about their work and you feel listened to, attended to, and worked with, as a person. That to me equals real service. Which when you're dealing with something as essential as feet, is time I shall go with a spring in my step...
    Julie Burns
    18:01 03 May 23
    Saw Lisa with a painful ball on my foot. She gave me great advice without pushing any additional products/treatments onto me (appreciated) and ultimately, removed a corn. Great treatment in a very pleasant, modern environment too.
    andrew whitby
    11:16 31 Mar 23
    First time visiting Cheshire Foot Clinic and I was very impressed. Kay was great, so lovely, very informative and thorough. Would definitely recommend.
    Eimear Cotter
    08:54 30 Mar 23
    Lovely friendly team & my treatment has been faultless. Thank you. 😊
    Jenny O`brien
    17:40 06 Mar 23
    The levels of care and professionalism from Kay and her excellent team can not be bettered. I had a fungal nail removed recently, the follow up and after care has been first rate. The new immaculate Clinic I has been built to a very high standard and is a perfect setting for the expert treatment receivedThank you
    Grahame Rothwell
    10:50 15 Feb 23
    I was recommended by a friend to Cheshire foot clinic as I sprained both ankles and injured my Achilles.After meeting Kay and having a detailed conversation regarding my injuries she put me on a shock wave and excercise recovery trail.After ending my sessions I am glad to say my recovery is complete and back to playing golf with out any pain.Thank you Kay and your team for all your help and Louise on reception for your welcoming smile and of course your nice coffeesKindest RegardsChris
    Thomas Little
    19:19 02 Feb 23
    Great staff, knowledgeable, polite with great care
    Tom Davis
    15:51 31 Jan 23
    Thank you so much for recognising foot problems others missed !!!It’s now possible to look forward to returning to hiking , walking the dogs etc .Friendly, professional service .
    Anthony Fleming
    17:42 16 Jan 23
    The levels of care and professionalism from Kay and her excellent team can not be bettered. I had a fungal nail removed recently, the follow up and after care has been first rate. The new immaculate Clinic I has been built to a very high standard and is a perfect setting for the expert treatment receivedThank you
    Grahame Rothwell
    21:37 22 Nov 22
    Professional friendly service very good have found a solution to a problem I’ve had many years - and yes I have had doctors look at my feet many of themVery happy with the service and treatment I receive here
    Jonathan Tuck
    15:54 03 Oct 22
    I was seen by Tasmiah who carefully evaluated and diagnosed my problem. She was thorough in her explanation of the diagnosis and for my aftercare. Thoroughly professional service, highly recommend.
    Linda Glasspole
    21:47 30 May 22
    Fantastic service very kind and efficient place run professionally
    Ashok Bhatia
    16:13 22 Nov 21
    Incredibly friendly, welcoming, professional, clean, comfortable and safe.
    Sally Griffiths
    19:43 20 Oct 21
    Kay is amazing 👏
    Mc Bazza
    15:49 10 Oct 21
    My first visit to a podiatrist. I couldn’t have chosen a better clinic. After feeling let down by my own surgery I was happy to finally get a diagnosis and suggestion for treatment. Very nice clinic!I have had three appointments now at The Cheshire Foot Clinic and am still delighted with my choice of clinic. I’m being treated by Kaye and am grateful full her care and advice.
    Kim Gilchrist-Jones
    09:51 29 Sep 21
    Brilliant experience staff very kind proffessional and courteous nothing to much trouble,treatment was fun and painless
    Jonathan Page
    18:31 30 Jun 21
    Service was excellent even before the day of appointment. Ensuring safety for this time of pandemic. Caring and helpful. Everything from beginning to end was first rate. Will be happy to return to Lisa in 10 weeks.
    Barbara Taylor
    11:39 02 Mar 21
    Cheshire foot clinic offers an exceptional podiatry service. I had two very painful ingrown toenails, Kay’s treatment and after care was fantastic. It was painless and fast , I would truly recommend her for any podiatry needs.
    Bill shields
    00:51 31 Dec 20