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Causes and solutions for Goosefoot Tendinitis

It is a typical injury in runners, even greater in long distance runners and has a higher incidence in women. The symptoms are mainly pain, burning and swelling of the area

Our collaborator FisioPinar Clinic This time he tells us why this injury appears, its symptoms and its treatment.

When we talk about the goosefoot, we talk about three tendons that are joined in the same insertion, on the inside of the knee, below the joint line. The converging tendons are from the Sartorius, Internal Rectum and Semitendinosus muscles. Curiosity is the similarity that this union has with the leg of the geese.

La Goose paw tendinitis this is when inflammation of this tendon junction occurs. Also in the area there is a bursa, a fluid bag between the tendon and the bone that acts as a buffer, and when it becomes inflamed it causes bursitis of the goose paw and it presents the same symptoms as tendinitis.

Is a typical runner injury, even higher in long distance and has a higher incidence in women. The symptoms are mainly pain, burning and swelling of the area. It hurts on palpation and the area may feel bulky. Pain and burning can be constant throughout the race, and even in everyday life when going to get up from a sitting position (such as getting out of the car, getting up from a chair ...) In the most acute cases there can be pain at night and at rest.


The causes can be varied, from a Inadequate footwear with little cushioning or worn, overweight, anatomical alteration of the knee (valgus knees) or foot (flat feet), or a shortening of the hamstring muscle or adductor among others. It's an overuse injury, many times it is created by overtraining and by not respecting rest times.


The indicated treatment will be repose, if the pain is nocturnal we will put a cushion between both legs to avoid rubbing that pain increases, discharge massage in the muscles involved, cyriax massage in the zone , radiofrequency o Hyperthermia to reduce inflammation and regenerate tissue, very important muscle stretching during treatment and to avoid possible relapses. Finally, it would be important to check the footprint in case it is necessary to make a change of shoes or insoles.

Restarting the exercise would be of great help during the first weeks. functional bandages about the area or the kinesiotape, which our physiotherapist can teach us to put it on. Remember that the beginning again is gradual and respecting the breaks and of course to avoid relapses, warm up and stretch before and after.

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