Knee pain is so commonly seen in runners that is often simply referred to as ‘Runners Knee’! However, the term really covers a wide range of knee problems that can produce similar symptoms such as Patellofemoral Syndrome and Iliotibial Band Syndrome.
As training and distances increases, runners can notice a dull ache under their kneecap (also known as the patella). Sharp pain may also be felt when kneeling or after sitting for a long period of time. Some may become aware of swelling or a crunching sensation in the knee.
Pain and discomfort may also be felt when:
- lunging and squatting
- hopping and jumping and
- climbing up and downstairs
Knee pain can be both frustrating and debilitating particularly when training for a running event or when it interrupts those New Year get-fit resolutions!
There are a wider range of factors that can lead to Runner’s Knee and it is often not a problem with the knee itself. There may be weakness or imbalance in one of the muscle groups above or below the knee leading to the tissues in the knee becoming irritated and inflamed. Weak quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings may all be playing a part.
Rest from running (and replacement with exercise with less impact) will often relieve pain initially. But without the right intervention the problem is likely to return as running resumes. Undiagnosed problems can turn a painful knee into a chronic problem, stopping your running altogether!
At Central Podiatry we will identify where the problem lies through a biomechanical assessment. We will give you a personalised plan comprising the exercises required to strengthen any weakness and, if required, we will prescribe orthoses (insoles) which can alter your biomechanics and improve function.
Make an appointment and see how we can help you meet your running targets pain free in 2020.