The goose foot is located in the internal lateral part of the knee, below the joint line, and has a wide area of tendinous insertion in the internal tibial plateau and a synovial bag that absorbs blows and friction. The goose leg is formed by the tendons of three muscles.
The goose foot consists of following muscles:
- Gracile, also called internal rectus
What is goose foot tendonitis?
Goose foot tendinitis is a frequent pathology in those people with tread problems, excessive physical exercise, problems in the lower back and pelvis and pelvic and lower back problems are caused by pathological reflections of the uterus in women and prostate in the men.
Goose foot tendinitis is a problem in which there is irritation and inflammation of the insertion tendon of these 3 muscles. This problem can manifest itself in anyone, although it is usually more frequent in runners and middle-aged women.
Symptoms of goose foot tendonitis
The most characteristic symptom of goose foot tendonitis is pain. Sometimes constant pain, even at night (in acute phases) and there is always intense pain when palpating the inner area of the knee that can be seen to be swollen.
Eat all tendinitis, in its initial phase it can only hurt when starting the movement, running, bending over, to improve even disappear with warm-up, but the pain increases again after exercise.
If it gets worse, it can prevent exercise, even make it difficult to walk.
Cause of goose foot tendonitis
Classically, allusion is always made to foot problems and physical exercise. While this is true, it is only half true, since there are other factors, often ignored, that may be the key to understanding this problem.
My experience of 20 years as a physiotherapist and based on Traditional Chinese Medicine, is that this tendinitis is related to problems in the lower back and pelvis (not in vain the three tendons of the goose foot come from muscles that in the three cases start from the pelvis) and in turn these pelvic and lumbar problems are caused by pathological reflections of the uterus in women and the prostate in men.
When the origin of goose foot tendinitis is the alteration of these organs, the affectation can occur either in both knees, or more frequently only in the right knee.
Goose foot tendonitis in runners
Goose foot tendinitis is a frequent ailment in runners and this is due to the fact that running generates a great impact on certain structures of our body, which consequently can bring about the wear of some of them and therefore, an injury or pathology such as goose foot tendonitis.
Due to this, it is convenient for runners to adapt to an adequate training program where there is a warm-up before the start of sports practice, a training that respects the limits of each individual’s organism and a return to calm that allows the body to return to its resting state. All of this will be factors that will help prevent the appearance of goose foot tendinitis in runners.
Treatment of goose foot tendonitis
The treatment of Pes Anserinus tendonitis depends on the approach given by the physical therapist, but usually includes stretching, natural treatments for uterine or prostate dysfunction, and changing eating habits.
In addition to this, the physiotherapist will establish within the treatment protocol, which will be the most suitable tools to use in each athlete depending on the needs that must be met according to their respective physical evaluation. It is common for the physical therapist to use the following tools or techniques in the treatment of tendinitis of the goose foot:
- Ultrasound application.
- Progressive passive stretching.
- Cryotherapy or thermotherapy as deemed necessary by the physical therapist.
- Neuromuscular bandage or kinesiotaping.
- Cyriax, among others
Pes Anserinus tendonitis summary
- The goose leg is made up of 3 muscles (sartorius, gracilis, and semitendinosus).
- Pes de goose tendonitis is more common in runners and middle-aged women.
- The causes of goose foot tendinitis are poor footing when walking or running, excessive
- exercise or visceral dysfunctions.
- Treatment of pes geese tendinitis includes use of cold to reduce inflammation, self-massage, other physical agents, and stretching.