What Is Runner’s Knee?
Runner’s knee isn’t actually a specific condition. It is a common name for a number of disorders that can have different causes. It’s common amongst runners and any sports and activities that involve a lot of knee-bending. Generally, it is associated with an aching pain around the kneecap, but sometimes there can also be swelling and popping or grinding sensations in the knee. It is also called patellofemoral pain syndrome.
What Causes Runner’s Knee?
Runner's knee can be caused by:
- Direct trauma to the knee – e.g. caused by a fall or by it being hit.
- Overuse – e.g. doing too many lunges.
- Malalignment – e.g. the kneecap itself being slightly out of position.
- Weak thigh muscles or muscle imbalance – puts more load in the knees themselves).
- Problems with the feet – e.g. hypermobile feet, where the feet move more than is normal, flat feet or fallen arches.
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