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What are some home remedies for runner's knee.

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You can:

  • Take NSAIDs, if needed, like ibuprofen or naproxen. These drugs help with pain and swelling.
  • Do stretching and strengthening exercises, especially for your quadriceps muscles. Your doctor can recommend a physical therapist to teach you what to do.
  • Try arch supports or orthotics for your shoes. They may help with the position of your feet. You can buy them premade or get them custom-made.

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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