Knee Pain (Children)

Knee pain in children can have various causes, and it’s important to address any concerns promptly to ensure the child’s well-being. From a podiatry perspective, knee pain may be related to issues with the lower limbs, foot structure, or biomechanics. 

What are the common causes of knee pain in children?

  • Overuse or Repetitive Stress: Participation in certain sports or activities that involve repetitive stress on the knees, such as running, jumping, or contact sports, can lead to overuse injuries and knee pain.
  • Flat Feet or Overpronation: Issues with foot structure, such as flat feet or overpronation (excessive inward rolling of the foot), may contribute to altered biomechanics, affecting the alignment and function of the knees.
  • Osgood-Schlatter Disease: This condition involves inflammation of the patellar tendon at the tibial tuberosity (bony prominence below the knee). It is common in adolescents, especially those involved in sports that require frequent running and jumping.
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS): PFPS, sometimes referred to as “runner’s knee,” can occur in adolescents and may result from improper tracking of the kneecap along the femoral groove during movement.
  • Trauma or Injury: Falls, direct blows, or other forms of trauma can lead to knee injuries, such as ligament sprains, strains, or fractures.

If your child or teen is experiencing knee pain, bring them in today for a biomechanical assessment.