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What causes knee pain?

What are the causes of knee pain? Explained by a Podiatrist

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Do you have knee pain and not sure who to see in regards to treatment and relief? Are you still unsure of the cause? Chronic knee pain is one of the most common sources of pain and disability in the body. With so many practitioners focusing on different techniques for knee pain, it can be hard to know who to see for knee pain. Physiotherapists, Podiatrists, Chiropractors, Osteopaths and Massage Therapists all treat knee pain with differing levels of long term success.


So what do Podiatrists offer for knee pain? Podiatrists at The Foot Clinic Point Cook look at how your foot and leg mechanics may be causing excessive torsion or stress under the kneecap. This can be changed effectively using specific strapping techniques in the short term and this technique is used as a diagnostic measure to ensure that you can have confidence in long term treatment options such as customised foot orthoses.


Runner's knee or Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS) is called runner's knee as this seems to be the most common population the pain is observed in. Long distance running such as Marathons, Triathlons or even training for a local fun run can put our knees through high loads of stress. Aggravating activity for runners knee can include downhill running, deep squatting and distance races.


Knee OA is often associated with the elderly or old sports knee injuries/surgeries. The pain usually presents on one side of the knee. Either the inside or the outside of the knee. Knee Osteoarthritis is too often disregarded by patients considering it part of old age. By changing the positioning of the foot and ankle we can often redistribute the pressure from the painful section of the knee joint to the less painful side reducing pain.


Jumper's knee also known as Patella Tendonitis is most common in higher impact team sports such as basketball, netball, AFL, soccer and rugby. Due to the high tension from the quadriceps needed during sprinting tendon troubles are common under the kneecap and can reduce performance or even team numbers with players needing to rest for long periods of time without prompt and effective treatment.

Podiatrists at The Foot Clinic Point Cook will often work with a patient's treating Physio, Chiro, Osteo or massage therapist if there is more proximal issues that may be contributing to the pain.


As there are many sources of pain it is important to get properly assessed. Once a thorough assessment has been undertaken and risk factors identified, treatment options can be effectively implemented. At The Foot Clinic Point Cook we have experienced practitioners in dealing with knee pain and we should be your first port of call.
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