Knee Pain – Patella Tendinopathy
The patella tendon is an extension of the quadriceps muscles that attaches the kneecap to the shinbone. It is susceptible to overuse injuries where there is a lot of loading going through the quadriceps for example jumping or landing, hence its nickname ‘jumpers knee’.
In the early stages of pain there may just be tendon inflammation, however if this isn’t treated properly it can progress to patella tendinosis, where degenerative changes are taking place.
Symptoms include pain at the bottom and in front of the kneecap especially when pressing this area. The front of the knee can feel achy and stiff after exercise and there can be pain when contracting the quadriceps. Aggravating activities typically include running, jumping, hopping, squatting, kicking or climbing stairs.
This can be a complicated condition to treat. Ignoring symptoms or adopting a ‘no pain, no gain’ attitude is likely to lead to the condition becoming chronic. Immediate, appropriate treatment in all patients is essential to ensure a speedy recovery. Often the condition requires a substantial period of rest and a specific rehabilitation program.
Treatment for Patella Tendonitis / Tendinosis
Podiatry treatment for patients with this condition is vital to hasten the healing process, ensure an optimal outcome and decrease the likelihood of injury recurrence. Treatment may comprise:
- Deep Tissue Massage
- Joint Mobilisation
- Dry Needling
- Strengthening exercises
Pain in your feet is never normal, and should not be ignored. Call Sole Motion Podiatry, Point Cook on 03 9395 9402 or make an appointment online to speak to our Podiatrist, Justin Kalopa. Our mission is to ensure that your feet stay healthy and strong in order for you to continue to do the things you love pain-free.
WARNING This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace professional podiatric advice. Treatment will vary between individuals depending upon your diagnosis and presenting complaint. An accurate diagnosis can only be made following personal consultation with a Podiatrist, your Doctor or your foot specialist.