Knee pain is a common problem with many possible causes, from acute injuries, to complications of systemic medical conditions. Knee pain can be localized to a specific area, or can be diffuse throughout the knee joint complex, it is often accompanied by physical restriction.
There are multiple structures which make up the knee joint complex, bones such as the tibia, femur, fibula and kneecap (patella), along with many soft tissues including cartilage, ligaments and tendon attachments.
The knee is one of the most complex joints in the body, and as a result, knee pain can have a number of causes. Exercise can aggravate knee pain, overuse of structures can cause inflammation and/or damage of the surrounding structures of the knee. Knee pain can also be contributed from conditions or injury of the foot, which can have a knock on affect up the kinetic chain. Knee pain can affect anybody, from a short-term acute injury to a life long chronic issue. Home remedies can be helpful, but if knee pain is persistent and unresolving it is essential to see a relevant healthcare practitioner.
Common causes of chronic knee pain include:
Knee pain can be divided into three major categories:
Sign and symptoms vary greatly depending on the underlying cause of the condition, discomfort can be experienced anywhere at the front, back, either side, or within the joint. The severity of the pain can vary, from a minor ache to a severe and disabling pain.
Some common signs and symptoms that associate with knee pain are:
Podiatry for knee pain would involve a thorough history, a personal account of the problem, an examination and a biomechanical assessment.
The purpose of a biomechanical assessment is to assess how the foot and the lower limb are functioning, the aim of which is support reduce biomechanical movements which may be contributing to painful symptoms with the use of orthotics. Podiatric input is beneficial for biomechanical knee pain, this will be pain aggravated by running or walking. Other types of knee pain such as inflammatory arthritis will benefit from additional physiotherapy input.
The following treatment options may be recommended:
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