Written by our Human Movement Specialists
Got Knee Pain?
Runner's knee—also known as patellofemoral pain syndrome—is a common condition that occurs in runners due to overuse or incorrect form. If left untreated, this type of injury can cause chronic and long-lasting discomfort. Take the time to learn more about runner's knee so you can identify and treat it properly before your next run.
What Is Runner's Knee?
Runner’s knee is an umbrella term used to describe several types of knee pain that have similar symptoms, including pain in front and around the kneecap (patella) as well as “popping” or “locking” sensations. This type of injury affects many runners due to the nature of their sport and the overuse of certain muscles and ligaments; however, it can also be caused by improper form or weak hip and ankle muscles.
Cause of Knee Pain
Runner’s knee is typically caused by overuse of certain muscles and ligaments that are important for stabilizing the kneecap, lack of range of motion, biomechanical issues such as weak hips and ankles, improper form or technique when running or jumping, wearing shoes that don’t fit properly, inadequate rest between runs and exercises, or changes in terrain. It’s also common among runners who fail to follow a structured training program. Other common contributing factors are misalignment of the kneecap, partial dislocation, and tight muscles or tendons. To better understand why this condition is occurring, it's important to speak with a medical professional to determine the root cause and develop a successful treatment plan.
Recognizing the Symptoms of Runner’s Knee
Signs and symptoms that might be associated with runner’s knee may include:
pain around the kneecap
stiffness in the knee joint
swelling in the area
difficulty bending your knees
instability when running or jumping
If you suspect you have runner's knee, it is important to take a break from running to prevent further injury and get proper treatment.
Treatment Options for Knee Pain
Are you suffering from runner's knee? At Paris everyBODY, we provide comprehensive treatment protocols tailored to your individual needs. The steps typically include rest and icing the affected area, wearing a knee brace or orthotics, proper shoes, stretching and strengthening exercises, changing the running surface and incorporating new exercise routines.
Stretching, strengthening the surrounding muscles, and using orthotic inserts to cushion your feet are all key components of recovering from runner’s knee—but don’t forget about improving your running form. Running with an upright posture and short strides can help reduce stress on your knees as well as prevent you from overextending yourself during runs. In addition, incorporating rest days into your training plan will also allow your legs and joints to recover fully before embarking on another run.
With our help, you'll be back on your feet in no time!