Patella Dislocation


The kneecap (patella) is normally positioned over the front of the knee joint at the base of the thighbone (femur).  Some common reasons that a kneecap can be dislocated, or moved out of its normal position, are:

  • The kneecap is out of place (patellar tracking disorder) and force is applied, causing dislocation.
  • The foot is firmly planted pointing outward, and the knee is bent with the thigh turned inward. This kind of injury is common during many sports activities.
  • The inner edge of the kneecap is hit, pushing it toward the outer side of the leg.


The kneecap is out of place from it’s normal position.

Symptoms & Signs


Severe pain in the region of the patella with a misshapen knee that looks like a bone is out of position.



Seek medical treatment immediately. Visit us for a supportive brace once the patella is relocated.

Symptoms & Cause

A dislocation can cause other problems even if the bone pops back into place. If the dislocation was due to a preexisting malalignment, the knee may dislocate again.
Ligaments, tendons, muscles, and cartilage in or around the joint may stretch or tear. A piece of bone may break off somewhere in the knee joint. It is important to be seen by a physician even after the bone has been relocated which sometimes happens spontaneously on it’s own after the injury.

Diagnosis & Treatment

Treatment of a Dislocated Kneecap

  • Relocation of the Patella by a trained medical Professional
  • Consultation  with your Physician or Specialist
  • Activity modification / rest
  • Anti-Subluxation Patella Brace
  • Physiotherapy
  • Gait Analysis
  • Medication recommended by your Physician
  • Ice

If you are experiencing foot pain or discomfort, you should consult your physician for a proper diagnosis and an appropriate treatment plan.


Your doctor may refer you to  OKAPED’s to see a Canadian Certified Pedorthist for Pedorthic management of your foot pain. This may include orthopaedic footwear, shoe selection guidance, orthotics and/or foot related products such as a metatarsal pad. If you know your condition and want to learn about new products and treatments please give us a call.