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Runner's Knee

What is Runner's Knee?

Runner's Knee is a softening or wearing away and cracking of the cartilage under the kneecap. Runner's Knee causes a large amount of pain and inflammation. The cartilage becomes like sandpaper because the kneecap is not riding smoothly over the knee.

Runner's Knee is also called Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome.

What Causes Runner's Knee?

Runner's Knee is often caused by weak quadriceps, incorrect or worn shoes, and overtraining. Other cases of Runner's knee are:

  • Wide hips.
  • Knock knees.
  • Subluxating patella.
  • High patella.
  • Small medial pole of patella or corresponding portion of femur.
  • Weak vastus medialis.
  • Weak quadriceps muscles.
  • Tight hamstrings or calf muscles.
  • Pronation of the feet.

Symptoms of Runner's Knee?

The most common symptoms of runners knee are:

  • Knee pain below the kneecap.
  • Knee pain on the sides of the kneecap, particularly with deep knee bends or prolonged sitting.
  • Pain occurs initially when running downhill then progresses to all running.
  • Swelling in the knee.

Can Runner's Knee be Treated?

Yes. Treatment options will depend on the severity of the condition. Some common treatment options are: rest, pain medication, and strength training exercises.

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