"A sharp pain in the knee and/or a grinding sensation, especially when getting up or walking up stairs."
Knee pain is very common. There a number of different types of knee pain. The one described above is called Chondromalacia of the Patella, or Patello-femoral Syndrome.
Symptoms of knee pain
Chondromalacia is the most common form of chronic knee pain. It is a general term that refers to pain occurring between the knee cap (patella) and the underlying thigh bone (femur).
Chondromalacia of the patella causes pain and tenderness in the front of the knee. The pain is worse when you sit for long periods and get up. Or when you climb stairs. Often, people experience a grinding or crunching sensation with this type of knee pain.
What are the main causes knee pain?
There a various causes of knee pain. Usually wear and tear occurs with age and/or overuse (for example in rugby players, tradespeople).
Softening of the cartilage beneath the knee cap (patella) results in small areas of breakdown and pain around the knee. Instead of gliding smoothly over the knee, the knee cap rubs against the thigh bone (femur) when the knee moves. The changes can range from mild to complete erosion of the cartilage.
Another very common cause of knee pain is overpronation of the feet. The knee forms the link between the upper and lower leg and is a hinge joint, designed to flex and extend the lower leg, not to rotate it!
However, when the foot rolls inwards (overpronation), the lower leg is forced to rotate, resulting in bad knee function. This will inevitably lead to wear and tear to the knee joint, causing long-term damage and pain.
Knee Pain treatment and relief
Footlogics orthotics prevent overpronation and therefore help restore proper knee function. As a result, one of the major causes of this common type of knee problem has been lifted, thereby reducing or eliminating this type of knee pain.
Other treatment options are
- In addition, it is recommended to see a Podiatrist
Recommended products for Knee Pain
Space saving orthotics to provide foot comfort. The Footlogics Casual is a 3/4 length orthotic developed by Podiatrists. It provides relief for Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain) and other common foot complaints. The Casual fits in all types of flat or low-heeled slip-on shoes without laces. More about Footlogics Casual here.
Orthotics designed to provide foot comfort while standing or walking on your feet all day. The Footlogics Comfort is a full-length orthotic developed by Podiatrists. The Comfort provides relief for Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain), Ball of Foot pain, and other common foot complaints. It fits in all types of lace-up shoes including joggers and also suitable for work boots. More about Footlogics Comfort here.
Orthotics to provides relief for sports injuries. Footlogics Sports are high quality full-length sports orthotics developed by Podiatrists. The Sports provides relief for sports injuries like Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain), Achilles Tendonitis, Shin Splints and Runner’s knee. It corrects overpronation, fallen arches and flat feet. The Footlogics Sport is designed to fit in running and walking shoes, cross-trainers, tennis and basketball shoes. It is also suitable for hiking shoes and boots. More about Footlogics Sports here.