Knee Pain Associated with Chondromalacia and Patello-Femoral Syndrome



Knee pain is a very common complaint, and this isn’t surprising given how complex this are of the body is. While there are many, many causes and types of knee pain this articles addresses chondromalacia of the patella, or patello-femoral syndrome.

Symptoms: Typical symptoms include pain at the front of the knee (in the joint) that may occasionally be accompanied by a sensation of ‘crunching’ or ‘clicking’.

Causes: The most common cause is wear and tear of the soft cartilage, which can occur due to age or intense, repetitive motions. Over-pronation is also frequently the cause of both knee pain and general wear and tear of the knee joint.

Treatment: Common treatments for knee pain associated with chondromalacia and patello-femoral syndrome include rest, ice therapy, physiotherapy, and the use of insoles.

Chondromalacia is the most common complaint when it comes to chronic pain, and it can develop in one or both knees. It refers to any type of general pain that has developed between the patella (knee cap) and the underlying femur (thigh bone). Chondromalacia of the patella usually strikes at the front of the knee, causing pain and tenderness in the entire area.

Pain is most acute when standing up after being seated for an extended period of time or when climbing stairs or ascending a steep slope, such as a hill. It is this type of knee pain that often causes a grinding or crunching sensation to occur.

Causes of Knee Pain Associated with Chondromalacia and Patello-Femoral Syndrome

While there may other factors or reasons that this type of pain has developed the most common cause is wear and tear associated with overuse and/or the aging process. Runners, rugby players, and football players are susceptible to this type of knee pain.

The cartilage found beneath the knee cap (patella) may soften with time and usage, and this can cause areas of damage that may be small but no less painful for their minimal size. When this occurs the knee cap may rub against the underlying femur (thigh bone) instead of gliding over it. This type of rubbing occurs every time there is motion, and the erosion can be either partial or complete.

A common underlying cause of knee pain is over-pronation of the feet. This can develop because the knees are the area of the body that joins the upper and lower and leg and it was designed for flexion and extension. When the knee is used for rotation along with its intended purposes this can cause imbalances, pressure points, and wear and tear to occur over time.


The proper use of insoles goes a long way in correcting sub-par functioning of the lower limbs, and Dr Foot insoles minimizes over-pronation of the feet from occurring, which in turn prevents excessive rotation of the knee and the resulting wear and tear on the joint.

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The use of insoles is crucial, and augmenting this type of treatment with proper rest and cold therapy often provides excellent results in the treatment of for knee pain associated with chondromalacia and patello-femoral syndrome.

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