Osteoarthritis of the knee affects the connecting surfaces of the knee joint, this is where the femur meets the tibia (the thigh and lower leg bone). The surfaces of the knee joint, mainly the cartilage, which acts as a protective cushioning between the femur and tibia, become damaged and break down in someone with osteoarthritis. This leads to swelling, discomfort and difficulty moving the knee through its range of motion.
Osteoarthritis can affect any joint in the body, but it is particularly common within the knee, due to its weight-bearing properties. Osteoarthritis tends to gradually worsen over time, as the damage to the cartilage and cushioning structures of the knee continues, leading to eventual loss and bone rubbing on bone.
Osteoarthritis of the knee is often the result of general wear and tear, however, some people are at a higher risk of acquiring osteoarthritis of the knee than others, and these includes:
Osteoarthritis of the knee can be very disabling to an individual, making simple things like standing up from a chair, and walking down the stairs incredibly difficult. These signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis of the knee include:
If you have osteoarthritis in one or both knees you may benefit from podiatry. The pain experienced from osteoarthritis occurs as a result of inflammation in the knee joint, which may be aggravated by foot function. If so, this may be reduced through decreasing the pressures and and moments through the foot with the use of functional orthotics.
A biomechanical assessment will be conducted, where a thorough examination will be carried out of the lower limb in relation to the knee, whilst seated, standing and walking. A podiatrist will take an account of the problem and medical history, and a treatment plan put in place.
Management plans will depend on the history and extent of the condition and any predisposing or aggravating factors. Shoe inserts may be advised to either cushion the foot or assist with the function. An onward referral may be put in place for imaging, or secondary care at orthopaedics if indicated.
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