Did you know that 42% of all those who suffer overuse injuries come from runners knee, or patellofemoral pain syndrome? This is the most common overuse injury of runners today. The problem occurs when the kneecap irritates the femoral groove on which it rests on the thigh bone. In this type of injury, the knee cap is mistracking.
It could be that the knee cap is larger on the outside and may sit too high in the femoral groove. Or, it may dislocate easily. Or, the cartilage has been so worn that absorption is limited. High arches or flat feet can also trigger issues with the knee cap. Another possible problem results in muscle problems like tight hamstrings and calf muscles, weak quadriceps, and simply the motion of running can cause enough problems to warrant an attack. Any way you look at it, runners knee is a serious problem for those who enjoy recreational and/or competitive running.
Runners knee is more likely to happen to women than men due to their wider hips which causes even more angling and more potential for issues. Not only that, but it can affect one knee or both. It occurs quite often in younger recreational runners as well.
Obviously, if you are prone to this condition, you need to be able to prevent it and to deal with it. Here are some tips:
When you start to feel any pain as described above, you need to take steps right away.
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