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Is 'Goose Foot' (Pes Anserine) Syndrome the Hidden Cause of Your Knee Pain?

Do you suffer from knee pain? No problem! Your physio, or even better, your chiropractor, can quickly address issues with your ACL or MCL. It's amazing how often these two ligaments are blamed for everything wrong with your knee! But what if you’ve had a few treatments and that deep knee pain is still there?

Don’t worry; sometimes, your ACL or MCL can be a bit stubborn. However, if you didn't experience sudden trauma to your knee, your ACL or MCL might not be the main troublemakers. Instead, let's talk about your 'goose foot.'

What is the 'Goose Foot'?

'Goose foot,' or better known as 'pes anserine', is located on the inside of the knee about 5-7 cm below the joint. This area gets its name because three muscles insert into the bone here, resembling the shape of a goose’s foot. More importantly, this area often involves a small fluid-filled sac called a bursa, which helps reduce friction caused by these tendons.

When this bursa gets inflamed, it can cause pain, swelling, stiffness, and discomfort, especially when bending or straightening your knee. Activities like walking up and down stairs can exacerbate these symptoms. This inflammation is often wrongly diagnosed as an ACL or MCL issue, which can mislead your treatment and delay your recovery.

Could It Be Pes Anserine Syndrome?

So, how can you tell if you might have Pes Anserine syndrome? Here’s a short checklist of contributing factors:

  • Repetitive Activity: Engaging in activities that put repeated stress on your knee.

  • Poor Muscle Development or Imbalance: Weakness or imbalance in your leg muscles.

  • Weight: Extra weight can put additional stress on your knees.

  • Long-term Wear and Tear: Conditions like arthritis.

  • Flat Feet: Poor foot mechanics can affect your knees.

Treating Pes Anserine Syndrome

For those who qualify, all is not lost. At B4L, we take a broad approach to treating Pes Anserine syndrome successfully.

Laser-Assisted Chiropractic Treatments

First, we recognize that various factors can cause Pes Anserine syndrome, so we use a comprehensive approach to address it. We provide laser-assisted chiropractic treatments that reduce swelling and inflammation of your bursa using MLS medical lasers. These lasers help alleviate unnecessary stress on your knee joint by improving alignment.


Next, we focus on rehabilitation, aiming to strengthen muscles that influence knee stability and reduce muscle imbalances. This targeted exercise regimen helps improve your overall knee function and reduce pain.

Personalised Orthotics

To top it all off, we offer laser-scanned and personalised orthotics. These custom-made inserts ensure that your feet are properly supported, reducing strain on your knees and making every step more comfortable.

Moving Better Matters

You might wonder why we’re sharing this information with you. It’s because, at B4L, we believe that moving better matters. We’re committed to helping you achieve better mobility and a pain-free life. If you think Pes Anserine syndrome might be the cause of your knee pain, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We're here to help you get back on your feet and moving with ease.

In conclusion, if you’ve been struggling with knee pain and conventional treatments haven’t worked, it might be time to consider Pes Anserine syndrome as the underlying cause. With the right diagnosis and treatment, you can find relief and get back to doing the activities you love.

Feel free to reach out to us at Balanced for Life for more information or to schedule a consultation. Let’s work together to put knee pain behind you once and for all!


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