Knee Pain

Many painful symptoms in the knees result from bad foot posture. This makes it is important to consider the role of your feet in your health and well-being. Types of knee pain include:

Patellafemoral Pain Syndrome is defined as pain behind or around the patella. Caused by compressive forces in the patellofemoral joint, Patellafemoral Pain Syndrome is surprisingly common. Symptoms are usually provoked by climbing or descending stairs and squatting and sitting with flexed knees for long periods of time.

Knee pain in children is not normal. One of the most common causes of knee pain in Children’s feet is Osgood-Schlatter’s. Osgood-Schlatter’s causes pain, tenderness and swelling just below the knee, and down the shin. It is more common in boys who are experiencing a growth spurt during their pre-teen or teenage years. It possible that one or both knees are affected by the condition. A thorough Biomechanical Assessment performed by an experienced podiatrist can help determine the necessary treatment for reducing pain in children and keep them doing the activities they love.

There are two common presentations of ‘knock knees’ in Children’s Feet.

1. Bow legs (genu varum)

It is normal for infants to be born with bow legs and this can become more pronounced in toddlers as they begin to walk. When a child with bow legs stands with their feet and ankles together, the knees stay apart. In most children bow legs disappear without treatment by the time they are two or three years old.

2. Knock knees (genu valgum)

Knock knees are common in children between the ages of three and five. When a child with knock knees stands with their knees together, the feet and ankles stay apart. In most children the legs gradually straighten with growth, assuming a normal position by the time they are eight years old.

A podiatric assessment, including a Biomechanical Assessment should be undertaken if you are concerned with your child’s legs or if your child presents any of the following:

  • Your child complains of pain and/or discomfort

  • Your child’s bow legs or knock knees are severe

  • Bow legs persist after age three

  • Knock knees worsen after age eight

  • Only one leg is affected

  • Your child has pain or a limp

  • Your child is unusually short for their age.