Runners Knee

Condition Explained

Runner’s Knee is a general term referring to pain around the front of a runner’s knee. Runner’s knee, is the most common overuse injury among runners. It occurs when a mistracking kneecap (patella) irritates the femoral groove in which it rests on the thighbone (femur).

What causes it?

High-arched feet provide less cushioning, and flat feet or knees that turn in or out excessively can pull the patella sideways irritating the undersurface of the knee cap. This is known as chondromalacia patellae. Weak quadriceps and tight hamstrings also can contribute.

Treatment

If over-pronation or over supination is the biomechanical fault in question, then orthotics designed to normalize the movements of the foot will help stabilize the knee. A computerised gait scan assessment can determine if these abnormalities exist and if custom made orthotics could successfully treat the symptoms of runners knee.
Advice may also be given by our team on specific exercises to strengthen and help improve support to the knee joint to assist with reduction of pain associated with runners knee.

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