Will minimalist shoes help knee pain?

We’re not doctors and can’t comment on a specific situation.

That said, a study by Dr. Isabel Sacco put elderly women with knee osteoarthritis in a minimalist shoe and found that simply walking in a minimalist shoe reduced knee loading forces.

Why is that important?

From Dr. Sacco’s paper, “Reduction in knee loading is considered one of the most important therapeutic objectives in treating OA (osteoarthritis), as overload increases the risk of incidence and progression of the disease.”