Runners knee or Patellofemoral Pain Syndrom(PFPS) is a condition that usually causes aching pain around the kneecap and below it, usually due to poor conditioning of the quadriceps and hamstring muscles or poor shoegear. Just as name says, runner’s knee is a common injury among runners, but it can also affect any athlete who may do a lot of knee bending. Pain behind and around the kneecap, where the thighbone and the kneecap meet or pain when you bend the knee may suggest you have runner’s knee. Common causes of runner’s knee include:
- Overuse: Repeated bending and overstretched tendons can cause runner’s knee.
- Knee Trauma: A fall or blow to the knee.
- Weak Thigh Muscles
Treatment for Runners Knee involves rest, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication, ice, heat and compression. If the condition is as a result of a biomechanical problem in the leg or feet, that has to be address to insure the Runners Knee does not reoccur. Changes in shoe gear, orthotics to control pronation are some ways to treat the biomechanical aspects of Runners Knee.
Other situations that cause Runners Knee involve the size and shape of the knee cap. The size of the femoral groove that the kneecap glides in may be too shallow for the kneecap, causing the patella to move outside of the groove. Muscle imbalances with the quadriceps causes a tracking problem with the quadriceps tendon and the patella tendon.
The Brace Shop sells a wide variety of Runners Knee Braces that help with Runners Knee and a wide range of knee conditions. Knee injuries can be very painful and so can the healing process, but the Brace Shop can help make it all easier. Our online store also allows you to sort by the type of knee brace you are looking for, for example: professional knee braces, which can help you find exactly what brace you want. When you are seeking quality and affordability, the Brace Shop strives to be your only option! Please contact the Brace Shop today with any questions you might have.