What is Patellofemoral pain syndrome?

Patellofemoral pain syndrome refers to the pain arising from the joint where the kneecap (patella) connects to the thigh bone (femur bone). This can affect patients of all age groups and is found when a patient’s patella does not move correctly on the lower end of their femur bone, therefore causing acute chronic pain. If the patella does not move correctly it can cause rubbing on the bones and deterioration of the cartilage.

What are some of the causes of Patellofemoral pain syndrome?

  • Poor alignment of lower limbs
  • Increased pronation of the foot
  • Muscular imbalance
  • Incorrect training/exercise
  • Hereditary factors
  • Joint disease
  • Abnormal bony change
  • Overuse injuries and post-trauma

allsports-podiatry-conditions-patello-femoral-1000-x-667What are the treatments for Patellofemoral pain syndrome?

Podiatrists are the primary health care providers of the feet and lower limb and commonly treat conditions such as this. If the patellofemoral pain is caused by poor biomechanics then these are often addressed with soft CAD-CAM orthoses.