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How do I prevent runner's knee?

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Take these steps:

  • Keep your thigh muscles strong and limber with regular exercise.
  • Use shoe inserts if you have problems that could lead to runner's knee.
  • Make sure your shoes have enough support.
  • Try not to run on hard surfaces, like concrete.
  • Keep a healthy weight.
  • Warm up before you work out.
  • Don’t make sudden workout changes like adding squats or lunges.
  • Add intense moves slowly.
  • Ask your doctor if you should see a physical therapist.
  • Try a knee brace when you work out if youe doctor suggests it,
  • Wear quality running shoes.
  • Get a new pair of running shoes once yours lose their shape or the sole gets worn or irregular.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Runner's Knee," “Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome.”

Arroll, B. , February 1999.  British Journal of General Practice

Fulkerson, J. , May-June 2002.  American Journal of Sports Medicine

Rouzier, P. second edition, SportsMed Press, 2004. The Sports Medicine Patient Advisor,

Cleveland Clinic: “Knee Pain (Chondromalacia Patella).”

Pedorthic Association of Canada: “Overpronation and Under Pronation Correction.”

American College of Sports Medicine: “Plyometric Training for Children and Adolescents.”

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on December 13, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Runner's Knee," “Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome.”

Arroll, B. , February 1999.  British Journal of General Practice

Fulkerson, J. , May-June 2002.  American Journal of Sports Medicine

Rouzier, P. second edition, SportsMed Press, 2004. The Sports Medicine Patient Advisor,

Cleveland Clinic: “Knee Pain (Chondromalacia Patella).”

Pedorthic Association of Canada: “Overpronation and Under Pronation Correction.”

American College of Sports Medicine: “Plyometric Training for Children and Adolescents.”

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on December 13, 2017

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