Do you have Knee pain?
What can you do about it! Patella Femoral Syndrome is also referred to as Runners Knee. Almost anyone can get it, but it particularly affects runners, cyclists, curlers and hikers, as well as office workers or anyone else who sits for a living. It’s also common in teens. Almost 40% of pro cyclists will get anterior knee pain in any given year, but runners are by far the most numerous victims, and often the most frustrated ones. The knee is a complex joint that not only bends and straightens but also twists and rotates.
The knee is not a simple ball-and-socket joint, like the hip. It depends heavily on the soft tissues that surround it, the muscles, tendons, and ligaments because it is a weight-bearing joint that is subjected to many different types of motion. Patients with patella femoral knee syndrome (PFS) usually have pain in the front of the knee, around or beneath the kneecap.
Patients may have difficulty going up or down stairs. Also, after remaining seated for a prolonged time, they may experience extreme discomfort with their first few steps after rising.
These symptoms can be improved with further walking. They may also complain of joint locking or the feeling of joint instability. Quadriceps strengthening is most commonly recommended because the quadriceps muscles play a significant role in patellar movement. The decision to incorporate these additional exercises depends on an accurate physical examination by a professional.
Custom orthotics can be helpful in patients with a wide variety of lower extremity complaints, including patella femoral pain. Bracing can be an effective conservative treatment for decreasing the symptoms of PFS.
Do you have Foot pain?
The first step to total foot comfort is understanding a little bit more about your feet. Our feet are unique to us, and come in many different shapes and sizes with particular characteristics and needs.
Aetrex’s patented iStep® Foot Scanning Technology quickly identifies your arch type, foot size and pressure points. Book a no obligation assessment with one of our Canadian Certified Pedorthists. They will assess your feet and they will recommend the right orthotic style and in combination with the proper footwear, you can prevent unnecessary foot pain and achieve maximum foot comfort to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle. In a matter of seconds you’ll be on your way to a better life.
Aetrex’s patented iStep®
Foot Care Tips everyone should know from Aetrex:
- Foot pain is not normal – With the right fit, proper footwear and orthotics for your foot type, most common foot pain can be relieved and prevented.
- Buy shoes that fit your needs – Most people do not know their true foot size (length and width) and too often purchase shoes that are too small.
- Give your feet a break – Whenever possible, wear comfortable shoes that fit your feet properly.
- Nighttime care – Knead them gently with your thumbs to increase blood circulation. Then cover them with a good quality foot cream or nourishing gel to help keep the skin from cracking and drying.
- Socks are important accessories – Protect your feet by wearing socks made with copper fibers that have been clinically proven to help eliminate common problems and improve your skin’s appearance and texture.
- Educate yourself – Visit our website to read about foot conditions, sports injuries, foot health for diabetes, and find products that help treat or prevent foot pain.
Seeing one of our professionals that researches the severity and activity level of the patient is as important as the initial diagnosis and strengthening plan. Soles in Motion also encourages you to come in and talk to us, let us assess your gait and the footwear you are wearing, these too may be contributing to your pain. We are here to help and keep you moving no matter what are your abilities.