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Symptoms for PFPS include aching and front of the knee pain that may be provoked by bending the knee, climbing stairs or sitting for long periods of time with the knee bent. There are several risk factors for PFPS including repetitive deep knee bending, flat feet, technical errors in running or sports, tight illiotibial band, muscle imbalances as well as weak thigh and gluteal muscles.
You should seek medical attention if you have severe knee pain associated with inability to put weight on the affected leg, severe swelling, or onset of numbness or weakness of the lower leg.