Patrick J. McMahon MD

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

What is patellofemoral pain syndrome? Patellofemoral pain syndrome is pain in the front of the knee. It frequently occurs in teenagers, manual laborers, and athletes. It sometimes is caused by wearing down, roughening, or softening of the cartilage under the kneecap. What causes patellofemoral pain syndrome…

Calf Muscle

The calf muscle is actually two muscles, the gastrocnemius muscle and the soleus muscle. The soleus lies underneath the gastrocnemius. The gastrocnemius is larger and is more at risk for strains, pulls, and tears. The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscle to the heel bone.

Taping for Patellar Tracking Disorder

A special taping technique may help keep the kneecap in alignment. This can help reestablish normal movement and allow the muscles that hold the kneecap in place to redevelop properly. If taping seems to help you, your physical therapist can teach you the best way to tape your kneecap.