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Neuromuscular Condition

Knee Injuries
An orthotics company operating in Glasgow & Edinburgh since 2009

CARTILAGE TEAR
Wearing down of the cartilage that sits behind the patella (knee cap) at the front of the knee.  Caused by excessive strain on the patella, for example if you spend long periods of time on your knees or over-use in runners.  You may suffer pain when walking up and down stairs or suffer a dull ache when sitting.

Treatment

  • Orthotics will restore poor foot function and improve shock absorption, hence reduce the
    strain on the knee. 
  •  If the condition develops the surgeon may carry out a fairly simple operation called an
    Arthroscopy  to look inside the knee.

 

PATELLA TRACKING
The patella (knee cap) comes out of the groove that it should sit in when bending and straightening the knee.  There are rarely warning signs and it is often rather painful.

There are a few possible reasons why the patella may dislocate:

  • Muscle imbalance around the knee.
  • Poor foot biomechanics.

Treatment

  • Physiotherapy to improve the balance in the muscles surrounding the knee.
  • Foot Orthotics to restore poor foot function, reposition the knee and reduce the likelihood
    of patella tracking.
  • An Orthotist can provide a knee support to help hold the patella in the correct position.



 

PATELLA TENDONITIS
The tendon which crosses over the front of the knee is inflamed at the point where it inserts below the patella.  The cause is over-use of the tendon.

Treatment

  • Knee support to reduce the strain on the tendon thus reduce the degree of inflammation.
  • Foot Orthotics are also very effective.
  • Knee supports may help in less severe cases.

 

HAMSTRING INJURY
You will suffer intense pain at the back of the thigh. This is strain or tear in the Hamstring Tendons, the tendons which attach the large muscles at the back of the thigh.  You may have pulled the tendon during sport.

ILIOTIBIAL BAND SYNDROME

The most common cause of pain on the outside of the knee.  It is the result of abnormal foot position and an imbalance in the muscle around the hip and knee.

You will suffer pain on the outside of the knee as the iliotibial band (thick band of connective tissue which attaches to the knee from the hip on the outside of the thigh) rubs over the bone at the side of the knee.

Treatment

  • Foot Orthotics are very effective if designed well, correcting the position of the foot and knee, restoring muscle imbalance around the hip and knee. 
  • A physiotherapist will advise on exercises to restore muscle balance.

 

 

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