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Can a podiatrist help knee pain?

In short, yes. If your foot position is negatively

impacting your knee load we can help. A podiatrist shouldn't be your first port of call for knee pain, check in with a physiotherapist first - they will send you our way if they think we will be able to assist!

Knee pain is a common condition that results from an overuse injury, sudden

trauma to the knee or an underlying medical condition such as arthritis.

Depending on the cause of the problem, location and severity of knee pain may vary.

Common symptoms may include swelling, stiffness, popping or crunching noises, weakness and instability in the knee or the inability to fully straighten the knee out.

Causes of Knee Pain:

  • Sprained ligaments in the knee from trauma

  • Meniscal tear of the knee from injury

  • Tendonitis in the knee from overuse injury

  • Bursitis in the knee joint

  • Patellofemoral pain (also known as “runners knee”)

  • Osgood Schlatter's (Growing pain in children)

  • Osteoarthritis or other underlying medical condition

  • Biomechanical imbalances and uneven pressure distribution along the lower limb

  • Wearing inappropriate running footwear or worn out sneakers with poor support

  • Muscle weakness or tightness of the lower limb, back or abdomen

Treatment at home to alleviate symptoms:

  • RICE- (Rest, Ice, Compress and Elevate)

  • Topical Voltaren or NSAID’s (Non-Steroid Anti-inflammatory drugs)

  • Avoid running in worn out, unsupportive running shoes

  • Stretching and strengthening program specific to your sport or activity

Help from a Podiatrist at Complete Podiatry include:

  • Strapping

  • Orthotic Intervention

  • Footwear recommendations

  • Stretching and strengthening

  • Further referral for imaging or to see another allied health professional.

Contact us on 03 366 2550 or click here to book yourself an appointment today!

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