Runners Knee

Runner leg injuryRunners knee is the generic term used to describe the condition which is commonly found in runners and presents as pain over the front of the knee. Also named patellefemoral syndrome, the associated pain is thought to be caused by irritation between the thigh bone (femur) and the knee cap (patella).

Runners knee can be associated to biomechanical factors, such as poor foot position and poor hip and pelvic position, which will both result in poor muscle control and function when running. Foot pronation (flat feet, pes planus) and foot supination (high arch, pes cavus) affect the position of the knee joint and hip joint and their surrounding muscle activity, this accumulation of factors can impose addition stress on the patella femoral tendon, this predispose this area to injury.

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