Runner’s knee is the bane of many runners, simply because it is such a common but frustrating injury. If it isn’t properly treated it can linger for months if not years, and may never go away unless someone who understands the condition treats the runner. So what can you do about runner’s knee, and more importantly what can you do to help prevent it?
The proper footwear is essential if you want to avoid getting runners knee. It’s no wonder that many people get the condition when they are running on hard surfaces without footwear which cushions the foot. If you have flat feet, then buying running shoes with extra arch support is very important as this stops the tibia rotating inwards. When the tibia rotates inwards it changes the biomechanics of the leg and can lead to excess cartilage wear and, over time, runner’s knee.
One thing to remember is that runner’s knee is not a very accurate description. There are numerous conditions that could be classed as running knee, and health professionals often won’t differentiate between them. If you think you have runners knee – which could mean patella tendonitis, patellofemoral syndrome or something else – then it’s important to go to someone who is used to dealing with runners and the injuries which they are most likely to pick up.
Overall, runner’s knee is something that’s easily avoided. Just make sure that you don’t run too far in a short space of time, limit your training sessions to quality instead of quantity and back off the mileage if you start to feel pain in the knee region. The correct running shoes that are high quality, such as the New Balance MR993, are also essential. Many runners ignore this advice and end up with a serious injury that could have been avoided if they’d been more patient and listened to their body. Knee injuries are very common, but that doesn’t mean all runners need to experience them.
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