Runners knee is a common injury among runners, but it can happen any athlete who does activities that require a lot of knee bending, such like walking, biking, and jumping. It usually causes pain and swelling around the kneecap. Runners knee isn’t really a condition itself; it’s a loose term for many similar disorders with different causes. Runners knee can result from overuse, trauma to the knee, or misalignment.
Runners Knee is also known as chondromalacia patella or patellofemoral pain syndrome. Runners Knee affects the patella or kneecap. It is also know as “Jumpers Knee”. Runners Knee causes pain, stiffness and swelling in and around the kneecap. The causes of Runners Knee are many, making it difficult to determine the underlying pathology. In many cases, a misaligned kneecap is the cause. The constant grinding of the undersurface of the patella against the femoral groove, results in pain, swelling and inflammation.
In many cases a limb length discrepancy or flat feet can cause Runners Knee. Flat feet can affect shock absorption of the lower extremity, and limb length discrepancy can cause one leg to compensate for the longer or shorter side, resulting in hip rotation, leg rotations and misalignment of the knee.
The key to treating and getting rid of Runners Knee is to determine the cause. There are minor treatments when a runner or athlete suffers from this condition. Ice to the area, anti-inflammatory medication and evaluation of your shoe gear and gait.
The Brace Shop sells a wide variety of Runners Knee Braces including specialized knee braces that you can view and sort based on the medical condition you are experiencing. If you would like to view braces for a condition, such as knee tendinitis, you can do so at the Brace Shops online store. While there you will see braces for nearly every body part and age group. You can contact the Brace Shop with any questions you have regarding their merchandise.