Typical knee pain can appear anywhere around the knee joint, including above or below the knee cap (patella), behind the knee cap, or on the inside or out of the knee joint. It can be a dull ache or a sharp pain. Usually you can find specific spots that hurt more when pressing on them. Sometimes knee pain is more bothersome while running, other times it goes away after a good warm up but hurts after the run. Often times running too slowly will aggravate knee pain even more than running too fast. Usually, running downhill is more annoying than running on flat surfaces, while running uphill alleviates the pain.
Although knee injuries aren’t inevitable, knee pain is common, even among runners who know how to avoid it. This is commonly due to laziness or carelessness. Knee pain can generally be traced to two parts of the body – quads and feet. The knees may be experiencing the pain. However, it is normally because of problems in either of these two areas.
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The term ‘PFPS’ can also be known as ‘anterior knee pain’ and/or ‘runner’s knee’ in different medical information that you’ll find.
Orthopedist Popi Gianakouras helps 45-year-old Bob Rothaker with physical therapy to treat his sore shoulder. Like millions of baby boomers, I’ve always thought I’d stay active into my later years. That’s unlike many in my parents’ generation who gave up hiking, biking, running, kayaking and other strenuous pursuits (if they ever did these things in the first place) when they developed aches and pains. So the last six months have been discouraging. First, there was a painful left Achilles tendon. That …
First of all, I was running in place that had more than 1, 000 miles on them (feet). Typically you want to change out your shoes every 300-500 miles, so I was way over the limit.
Secondly, I had been running on harder surfaces than usual (feet and quads). Normally I try to run on asphalt roads, soft shoulders or trails for most of my runs. However, lately I had been vacationing in a region where a concrete sidewalk was my only option. Asphalt is a hard surface, but concrete is much harder, and the lack of give is absorbed by the feet and legs, and often the knees.
Thirdly, I had recently increased my mileage by a significant amount – from mid-40s to mid-60s miles/week (legs). Any time you make a rapid increase in mileage and/or intensity you’re at high risk of all kinds of injuries.