Runner's Knee

Patellofemoral pain syndrome or runner's knee is described as a pain either under or around the knee cap. This pain can occur in one or both knee caps and worsens with physical activity such as climbing up and down stairs. The pain associated with Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) can also worsen when a person is inactive for a long time period.

Many people with runner's knee often think they have a condition called chondromalacia, which is described as the softening of the articular cartilage which is located underneath the knee cap. This is also called (patella).

The cause of (PFPS) is not exactly known but it is thought that the patella, which can move in all directions, comes in contact with some of the articular surfaces of the knee. It is also thought that the pain can come from a lot of other things too.

The best treatment for (PFPS) is a lot of rest and limiting the amount of miles run. Also switching to another exercise will help such as swimming so still keep up a fitness level while helping the condition heal. Ideally a person with (PFPS) would want to seek medical advice on how to heal runner's knee properly, however many runner's are able to do this on their own. Doing exercises to help strengthen the knee will help tremendously. This should be incorporated into a daily routine for best results.

Many doctors believe that strengthening your hips will help the knee cap to track the right way. A study was done by the Department of Physical Therapy in Indianapolis and it found that women runners benefited greatly when they enrolled in a hip strengthening exercise program. The study also found that the hip muscles influenced the knee cap movement more than was originally thought. The use of special shoe insoles have been said to help many people with patellofemoral pain syndrome.

The shoes a runner wears greatly influences how they can recover from (PFPS). A good pair of high quality shoes should be worn and replaced every three to five hundred miles.

It can take more than six weeks to fully recover from (PFPS) so if pain symptoms occur get plenty of rest, get back to an exercise routine, and wear the right footwear. By doing these things you can reduce the chances of (PFPS) reoccurring.

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