Patellofemoral pain syndrome is a condition that usually involves generalised knee pain, particularly around and under the knee cap (patella). Patellofemoral pain syndrome may also cause some swelling around the knee. This condition is common in athletes, and symptoms will often worsen with certain activities such as playing sport, walking or climbing stairs. A number of factors can be associated with the development of patellofemoral pain syndrome, including feet that over-pronate (roll in), weak hip muscles, knock-knees, previous traumatic knee injury or knee arthritis. Fortunately, treating patellofemoral pain is something that our Podiatrists at Entire Podiatry have a lot of experience in and if you are suffering from this condition, we are able to offer specialised assessment and treatment, including custom orthotics, to help reduce your pain.
If you are experiencing patellofemoral pain, initial treatment to help relieve symptoms may include resting from high impact activities, ice and anti-inflammatory medication. However, in order to really address the cause of patellofemoral pain syndrome, a thorough physical assessment of your foot and lower limb function is recommended.
Depending on the Podiatrist’s assessment of your condition, your treatment regime may include exercises such as quadriceps strengthening to help stabilise the kneecap (patella), and stretching of hip muscles, hamstrings and calf muscles to help improve biomechanics of the patellofemoral joint. To reduce the chance of patellofemoral pain becoming a longer term problem, orthotics may also be recommended to address factors such as over-pronation or rolling in of the feet, which has often been found to contribute to poor biomechanics of the patellofemoral joint. We can also provide you with specialised advice regarding appropriate footwear to help reduce any abnormal foot motion and to provide good support to the arches of your feet.
If you have patellofemoral pain syndrome or any other knee pain, make an appointment with one of our Podiatrists in Brisbane, Logan, Redcliffe or on the Gold Coast. We are specialised in treating patellofemoral pain and will provide you with a comprehensive assessment and choice of quality treatment options to not only address your symptoms but also to help prevent problems from recurring (such as orthotics to improve foot function). Early treatment for patellofemoral pain syndrome is always recommended to prevent future complications. Call us on 1800-4-ENTIRE to make an appointment today.