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Knee Pain Big Knee pain and Chondromalacia patella is characterized by a sharp, dull and nagging pain in the knee joint or under the knee cap. Pain is recurrent and said to worsen while going up and down a flight of stairs or during long-distance walking.

Every time you walk or run, the foot rolls or rotates inwardly (pronation). When there is over pronation or excessive rolling of the foot, the entire leg twists inwardly – causing the pressure from your weight to shift inside the knee. This change in pressure inside the joint causes the knee and the knee cap to tear. Uneven tearing and wearing of these structures will eventually cause softening and pain.

The use of Lightfeet insoles can help correct over pronation of the foot and the lower limb. Misalignment of the limb can be prevented if excessive rolling of the foot is reduced.

What are Knee Pain and Chondromalacia patella?

This condition refers to the pain on the anterior or front part of the knee joint and around the patella (knee cap). Poor alignment of the knee causes degeneration or softening of the cartilage at the back of the patella, hence the name Chondromalacia which literally means – soft cartilage.

What causes Knee Pain and Chondromalacia patella?

  • Trauma – injuries, dislocation and fracture in the knee.
  • Misalignment – over-pronation disrupts the normal sliding pattern of the patella and produces inflammation and pain.
  • Activities that require repetitive use of the knee joints – running, bending, jumping and dancing.
  • Diseases – diseases of the joints such as gout, arthritis and osteoarthritis.

Treatment for Knee Pain and Chondromalacia patella

  • Rest – during acute onset of symptoms, the affected part should be allowed to heal and recover.
  • Ice Pack – application of ice up to 20 minutes to the affected area can relieve swelling of the injured part.
  • Anti-inflammatory Drugs – NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like Ibuprofen, Naproxen and Mefenamic acid are used for acute and chronic inflammation and pain.
  • Physical Therapy – regular therapy sessions can help strengthen muscles, and correct misalignment caused by deformities.
  • Knee Support – immobilizing the knee can also help in rapid healing of the affected part.
  • Patella Tendon Tape – a strip of tape is applied over the patella to take the pressure off the patellar tendon.
  • Surgery – In some cases where less invasive treatment and therapies fail to correct the problem, open surgery is often done. Different approaches include: removing the damaged part of the patella, letting the ligaments loose to ease its pull on the patella. Severe cases require removal of the whole patella.

Orthotics correct over-pronation that forces the knee to rotate inwardly, creating wears and tears in the patella.

Lightfeet insoles reduce the strain of over pronation and therefore can give fast relief of knee pain. It also helps support misalignment of the knee joint that is important in preventing knee pain.

We highly recommend the use of Lightfeet insoles not only for pain relief but for prevention of knee pain and chondromalacia patella.

Lightfeet design features help to re-align the foot to reduce injury and pain.