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What is the main cause of persistant pain in the front of the knee below the knee cap felt strongest w/twisting and foot back farther than knee?

What is the main cause of persistant pain in the front of the knee below the knee cap felt strongest w/twisting and foot back farther than knee?

PAF: Patellofemoral syndrome would be my first thought. Patella stabilizing brace or strap and Phys Therapy program to strengthen the VMO of the quads can be helpful along with modifying exercise to avoid aggravation. Ice after exercise and NSAID if no reason not to take. Other common causes arthritis, meniscal tear or degeneration, loose body in the knee, bony bruise to knee host of others as well. ...Read more

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I get an occasional sharp pain in the middle front of my knee cap when I stand up from a chair or sitting on the ground on my knee?

I get an occasional sharp pain in the middle front of my knee cap when I stand up from a chair or sitting on the ground on my knee?

Chondromalacia patel: Probably chondromalacia patella, literally softening of the cartilage on the back of you kneecap. Exercises to strengthen you quad muscles without flexing the knee beyond 20-30 degrees might help. You can get a patellar strap at most sporting goods stores. ...Read more

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I have an ache pain under the front of my knee cap, and also a deep pain in the back of my knee. What is going on?

I have an ache pain under the front of my knee cap, and also a deep pain in the back of my knee. What is going on?

Knee pain: The knee can be caused by arthritis, ligament injury, tendon tears, muscle strain. .. It sounds like you might have some tear inside the knee.
If your pain persists, seek help from a health care provider. You might benefit from a comprehensive evaluation. ...Read more

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I hit my knee cap, really hard, on the very edge of a coffee table a day & a half ago. It made contact with the left front side edge of my knee cap.

I hit my knee cap, really hard, on the very edge of a coffee table a day & a half ago. It made contact with the left front side edge of my knee cap.

Knee pain: Likely a bruise but need an xray to look at the bones especially the patella to make sure nothing was broken. See an orthopedic doc. Till then brace, ice and NSAIDs ...Read more

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21y/o female athlete with pain in front of knee cap, stiff, some swelling. Should I see a doctor?

Patella issue: Based on your age, I'd be thinking of a patella chondromalacia/ alignment issue irritated by activity.
Also, you might have a patella bursitis if you've had some trauma to the area.
I'd go with some rest, ice and NSAIDs.
If symptoms persist, I'd get an orthopedic exam. ...Read more

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I have a swollen vein on the front of my knee cap, it does swell from time to time and can be painful, should I be concerned?

I have a swollen vein on the front of my knee cap, it does swell from time to time and can be painful, should I be concerned?

No: The vein involved is not part of the deep system, and as such there would not be a concern about it causing a pulmonary embolus. But if has been a persistent issue, I would not hesitate to be seen for it. ...Read more

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Played vball the other day, came down wrong on a jump, pain behind my knee&front under my knee cap. Noticeable swelling, what might the problem be? Thx

Played vball the other day, came down wrong on a jump, pain behind my knee&front under my knee cap. Noticeable swelling, what might the problem be? Thx

Could B a patellar-: -subluxation or instability, also this leads 2 chondromalacia under the patella, mal-alignment can cause it also. If U R exceptionally tall, Marfan's is also possible & can B Dx'd with blood test & genetic makeup shows this in the blood. U should get into C a fellowship trained sports medicine orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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Pain in left leg in front between ankle and knee cap. Started this morning 7am and hasn't gone away. 5pm now. Causing me to walk with a limp.

Pain in left leg in front between ankle and knee cap. Started this morning 7am and hasn't gone away. 5pm now. Causing me to walk with a limp.

Rest: This kind of pain has many possible causes, but is probably from running or sports. Shin splints are common. Usually it will get better with rest, ice, elevation, and wrapping your leg with an ace wrap. Make sure to wear cushioned arch supports in your shoes when you are active in sports or running. ...Read more

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If leg ulcer is found on the front of the leg aprox 10 CM from knee cap, could it still be a veneous ulcer? Unusual for my age? But what else?

If leg ulcer is found on the front of the leg aprox 10 CM from knee cap, could it still be a veneous ulcer? Unusual for my age? But what else?

Possibly: This is an unusual location but I have seen a few of these. Evaluation and treatment by a venous specialist would answer the question. ...Read more

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I am feeling an enormous amount of pain in my knee. Specifically in the front under my knee cap. It hurts when I walk and when I bend my knee. Also going up stairs and down stairs becomes a difficult task. As the day continues, I feel more and more pain.

I am feeling an enormous amount of pain in my knee. Specifically in the front under my knee cap. It hurts when I walk and when I bend my knee. Also going up stairs and down stairs becomes a difficult task. As the day continues, I feel more and more pain.

See a doctor: If your knee looks completely normal patella femoral syndrome is the most likely thing. Over-pronation (easy to diagnose by a doctor) or flat feet can be corrected with orthotics that are otc about $50. Physical therapy will help depending on the length of time the problem has been going on and the amount of damage the grinding has caused in back of the knee cap. ...Read more

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Fell hit knee cap on wooden stair. Not bruised at sight but on left side of knee and hurts down front of leg and throbs at top of foot. Serious?

Fell hit knee cap on wooden stair. Not bruised at sight but on left side of knee and hurts down front of leg and throbs at top of foot. Serious?

Tough to say: It is difficult to tell on the internet. Are you on blood thinners? It is possible you have developed a hematoma or pinched a nerve. Most likely, the pain is referred to your foot and will resolve. If you can't bear weight, can't move your foot or have a loss of sensation see a doctor tonight. ...Read more

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I've had an on and off ache pain in my knee cap for a few hours, now my upper/front thigh hurts to. Any idea what it could be? Not swollen/red.

Anterior Knee pain: It could be due to many reasons, such as sinovial injury, or traction affect on kneecap by quadricpes, referred pain or patellar subluxation. Or colleteral lig issues. You need to have through knee examination and then it it gives better answers for diagnosis. ...Read more

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I experience a sharp burning pain on the front of my knee next to my knee cap when I kick a soccer ball with my laces or closer to top of big toe. Wh?

I experience a sharp burning pain on the front of my knee next to my knee cap when I kick a soccer ball with my laces or closer to top of big toe. Wh?

Varies: There are multiple potential causes: patellofemoral disease, inflammation at the tibial tubercle, plica syndrome, retinacular strain among other possibilities. Don't hesitate to be seen for a specific diagnosis and treatment options. ...Read more

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My knee is killing me I have no injury hurts in front of knee cap & behind my knee tightness swollen hurts to walk or do anything what causes this?

My knee is killing me I have no injury hurts in front of knee cap & behind my knee tightness swollen hurts to walk or do anything what causes this?

See details: This sounds as if it is an inflammatory arrhritis. See a rheumatologist for proper diagnosis as there are literally numerous causes of knee inflammation. ...Read more

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Started aerobics. Got pain in knee below knee cap?

Started aerobics. Got pain in knee below knee cap?

Pain below kneecap: Usually an infrapatellar tendonitis, may also be "jumper's" knee. Essentially from some relative overuse. ...Read more

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Bumped knee below knee cap. Now have worsening pain when bending or attempting weight bearing. No swelling. Whole leg aches?

Bumped knee below knee cap. Now have worsening pain when bending or attempting weight bearing. No swelling. Whole leg aches?

Contusion: If this just occurred in recent days, you most likely have a contusion of the patellar tendon, infrapatellar fat pad or simply the soft tissues on the front of the knee. This tends to be a very sensitive area that is under tension when the knee bends Consider limiting painful activities, ice for 20 minutes 3-5x/day, and use ibuprofen/naproxen to relieve inflammation. See a doc if not improving. ...Read more

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How to fix a very, very loose knee cap?

How to fix a very, very loose knee cap?

Exercise: Instability of the patella or knee cap is best addressed with a dedicated exercise program that seeks to strengthen the quadriceps muscles on the front of the thigh. A patellar stabilizing brace may help as well. Would recommend a visit to a local physical therapist to help get going on your exercise program. ...Read more

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What have I done to my knee? Knee cap feels loose

What have I done to my knee? Knee cap feels loose

No injury?: Image is a fracture. If you rest ur leg in front of u on a coffee table ; relax ur muscles ur knee cap is normally very moveable. If this is what u describe it is normal ; not painful. If it is painful ; due 2 an injury u need an ortho xame ; x-rays. ...Read more

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What are the causes of knee pain below the knee cap?

Osgood schlaters: If you are are a teenager you may have painful tibial tuberodities as seen in osgood schlatters disease. This is seen in teen ager when the bone grows quicker than the blood supply causing islands of necrosis. This is a benign vondition helped by rest. ...Read more

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I forgot to mention that my knee pain seems to be involving my knee cap, top of knee, and just underneath.?

Patella problem: It sounds as though you may have
some damage under your patella or
even some patella malalignment which
will cause pain with stairs and crouching.
The best exercises would be quad strengthening to help support the knee.
You need a good orthopedic exam and xrays. ...Read more

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Does the knee cap rest on your mensicus?

Knee cap: The knee cap ("patella") is the round 2-3" piece of bone directly in front of the knee joint. It does not rest against the meniscus. The menisci are twin cartilagous structures that extend from the back of the knee joint to the front of the knee joint along the lateral and medial sides of the knee joint. ...Read more