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Knee Pain

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Your knee pain has a strong connection with your feet and the rest of your lower limbs and in fact, they may be causing the pain you're experiencing.

It's common for knee pain to be caused by poor foot posture and biomechanics. Poor foot posture can lead to an altered walking pattern, which can put more strain on certain knee structures such as the joints and soft tissues.

Particularly, if you have flat feet or rotation issues, this is likely to be causing your knee pain as these conditions can force the knee to roll inwards into an abnormal position when you're standing, walking or running. People with high arches in their feet may also experience knee pain, as the feet are unable to successfully absorb shock from every day activities, putting more strain on the knee. 

If not treated properly or left untreated, knee pain can impact the way you walk, and long term poor foot posture can cause pain or problems in your hips, lower back, and areas up to your neck.  

Find out more about some of the common causes of knee pain, or talk with one of our Brisbane podiatry clinics about what treatments we offer to fix it. 

Common causes of knee pain

Bursitis

When the small, fluid-filled sacs (bursae) that cushion the bones, tendons and muscles near your joints become subjected to higher levels of stress and/or irritation, they become inflamed, enlarged and painful.

Osgood-Schlatter Disease

Osgood-Schlatter Disease is a common knee pain felt in growing adolescents, especially those who are active and play a lot of sport. It's inflammation of the area just below the knee where the patellar tendon from the kneecap attaches to the shin bone.

Stress Fracture

Stress fractures are tiny cracks in the bone (microfractures) that develop gradually overtime, usually due to overuse or repetitive activity that restricts the bone from healing.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage (smooth elastic tissue) that protects the ends of the bones breaks down over time. This results in pain and swelling at your major joints, often making them hard to move.

Iliotibial Band Syndrome

When the band that runs down the outside of your thigh, connecting your hip to your knee is overused or overloaded, it results in a painful condition known as¬†iliotibial band syndrome (ITB Syndrome). 

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a long term autoimmune disorder that affects the body through persistent damage to the lining of the joints. This happens when the immune system doesn't work properly, mistakenly attacking your own healthy cells. 

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