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My Child Has Knee Pain?

Knee pain is a common complaint that affects people of all ages. At our clinic we see little wee ones all the way up to the elderly with knee pain!

Knee pain may be the result of an injury or trauma (ruptured ligament, torn cartilage, fractures, torn meniscus), may be a biomechanical alignment issue (patellar femoral syndrome, Osgood Schlatter syndrome) or genetic in nature (Juvenile Arthritis). Many medical conditions including arthritis, gout and infections can also cause knee pain.

For all ages, the location and severity of knee pain may vary, depending on the cause of the problem. Signs and symptoms that sometimes accompany knee pain include:

  • Swelling and stiffness
  • Redness and warmth to the touch
  • Weakness or instability
  • Popping or crunching noises
  • Inability to fully straighten the knee.


Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome is a general term that refers to pain arising between the kneecap and the underlying thighbone. It’s common in athletes – in young adults, especially those whose kneecap doesn’t track properly in its groove, and in older adults, who usually develop the condition because of arthritis of the kneecap.

Osgood Schlatter Syndrome is a well know term for knee pain in children. It is a condition effecting the growth plate, resulting in inflammation of the bone, cartilage and/or tendon at the top of the shin bone (tibia). It is most often seen in young adolescents and characterized by a painful lump just below the knee.

Many types of minor knee pain respond well to self-care measures. Physical therapy, knee braces and foot orthotics can also help relieve pain. In some cases, however, your knee may require surgical repair.

Not all knee pain is serious. But some knee injuries and medical conditions, such as osteoarthritis, can lead to increasing pain, joint damage and disability if left untreated. 

Contact our office for an appointment – we are here to help you assess your lower extremities aches and pains!


The Custom Orthotics Team (519) 850-4721 | office@customorthoticsoflondon.com | @cool_bracing


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