Have you been suffering from ongoing knee pain for way too long? No matter what you do your symptoms just don’t seem to be resolving?
Knee pain will often occur suddenly or develop over a prolonged period of time due to numerous reasons such as injury, arthritis and your bio-mechanics. Depending on the area in which your knee pain originates, will determine which structures are involved and the severity of pain experienced.
Common symptoms that you may experience include:
- Knee instability leading to difficulty walking
- Pain with walking up and down steps or steep hills
- Locking of the knee
- Redness and Swelling
- Inability to extend or flex and knee
Knee pain is broken down into 3 mains areas:
- Damage to the structure surrounding the knee which includes, bones, joints, cartilage, tendons, muscles and ligaments
- Inflammation of the bursae known as the fluid filled sacs the help to cushion the knee leading to bursitis
- Osteoarthritis- due to cartilage wearing down
- Rheumatoid Arthritis- an auto-immune disease that affects your joints
- Gout: High levels of crystal deposits within knee that cause your knee to become inflamed, painful and reddened
- Septic arthritis: Infection present within the knee leading to pain, swelling and fever that will usually require anti-biotics and drainage if severe
- Flat feet
- Knocked knees
Often poor foot biomechanics and conditions such as flat feet will result in conditions such as patellofemoral pain syndrome.
Patellofemoral pain syndrome (also known as Runners Knee) is a condition that causes pain at the front, back and around the kneecap. It also causes pain during movements in which the knee bends. Typically, an imbalance in muscles and repetitive stress will cause this pain to occur.
Other conditions that may also result in knee pain include ligament injuries such as those to the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament). Usually those who play sports that involve a sudden change in direction or stopping are more prone to developing an ACL injury. You may also injure your posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), lateral collateral ligament (LCL), and your medial collateral ligament (MCL), though these tend to occur less often. Meniscus injuries are also common in which the knee is twisted suddenly. The menisci will act as a shock absorber while walking and running.
If you have been suffering from ongoing knee pain make sure that you book in today for an assessment with one of our friendly podiatrists to assist you in finding the best treatment plan for your needs and condition. You can call us on 8645 9800 or