HILLS PODIATRY CENTRE


KNEE PAIN

 

There are commonly two types of injuries which can cause knee pain- Acute injuries (Ligament tears) and overuse injuries. As podiatrists, we usually deal with overuse injuries.

What causes knee pain?

Overuse injuries to the knee can be a result of poor footwear, inappropriate training surfaces (eg bitumen or soft sand) or abnormal alignment of the foot and the leg.

Flat Feet

With flat or excessively pronated feet the lower leg is internally rotated at the same time the upper leg is trying to externally rotate, due to forces produced during walking. The knee absorbs the “twisting” forces and results in injury and eventually pain.

Pronated (flat) feet can result in a Valgus (knocked kneed) position, which means various muscles exert their “pull” in an incorrect direction.  

High Arched Feet

Known as Pes Cavus or supinated feet, these type of feet do not allow the shock absorption needed during walking. The knee therefore takes too much force leading to overuse injuries. 

For more information about this condition or for an appointment please give us a call at Hills Podiatry Centre Kellyville on (02)88141555 or Hills Podiatry Centre Dural on (02)96539772.


PATELLOFEMORAL PAIN SYNDROME

What is Patellofemoral pain syndrome?

This pain arises from under and around the knee cap. It is exacerbated with running, walking up or down stairs and sitting with knees bent for an extended period of time. There may be clicking or a sensation of weakness upon bending or straightening the knee. 

With pronated feet the knees rotate inward causing the patellar tendon (which connects the muscles of the thigh to the lower leg via the knee cap/patellar) to pull in the wrong direction hence resulting in injury and pain along the knee. 

For more information about this condition or for an appointment please give us a call at Hills Podiatry Centre Kellyville on (02)88141555 or Hills Podiatry Centre Dural on (02)96539772.

 

ILIOTIBIAL BAND (ITB) SYNDROME

The Iliotibial band (ITB) runs down the outside of the thigh and crosses the knee. With overtime of excessive pronation, the muscle shortens (becomes tight) and it is subject to injury and pain. Often the patient complains of pain on the outside of the knee in a specific spot that can hurt during activity or after. It commonly occurs in runners and symptoms can range from pain just under the knee or all the way down the outside of the leg.

For more information about this condition or for an appointment please give us a call at Hills Podiatry Centre Kellyville on (02)88141555 or Hills Podiatry Centre Dural on (02)96539772.

 

OSGOOD SCHLATTER DISEASE (OSD)

What is Osgood Schlatter Disease?

Osgood Schlatters disease is commonly seen in athletic teenagers, boys tend to be affected more than girls. Osgood schlatters disease is the inflammation of the growth plate of the tibial tuberosity (bump on your tibia) found below the knee cap. The good news is there are a variety of treatment options for the condition. Once diagnosing your condition and ruling out other possible causes for your knee pain the podiatrist will discuss the treatment options. The good news is that there are a variety of treatments and the knee pain often resolves itself over a 12 month period. Some of the treatment options include:

·       R.I.C.E

·       Orthotic therapy to control pronation therefore limiting the rotational forces on the leg and knee.

·       Exercises- strengthening and stretching of the muscles around the knee.

·       Medication

·       Taping of the knee

For more information about this condition or for an appointment please give us a call at Hills Podiatry Centre Kellyville on (02)88141555 or Hills Podiatry Centre Dural on (02)96539772.

 

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