Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS), often called runner’s knee, refers to pain under and around the knee cap. The pain of PFPS may occur in one or both knees, and it tends to worsen with activity, while descending stairs and after long periods of inactivity.
While the exact cause of patellofemoral pain isn’t known, it’s believed that the way the patella tracks along the groove of the femur can lead to irritation of the cartilage on the underside of the patella. The patella can move up and down, side to side in the groove, as well as tilt and rotate. All this movement means that the patella can have contact with many of the articular surfaces of the knee depending upon a variety of factors such as muscle strength and balance, overuse, and incorrect tracking. It also means that the cause of the pain may be from a variety of different factors.
The latest information about patellofemoral pain syndrome points the focus on strengthening the hips to get the kneecap to track correctly. The footwear your choose, can also be an important factor in recovering from PFPS. Orthotics and arch supports may be advised to alleviate symptoms. We at PhysioCare are expects in the assessment of biomechanical issues arising from the feet and the prescription of custom made orthotics. Icing the knees after use, has also been shown to decrease the inflammation, and pain in the joints.
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