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What causes runner's knee?

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Several things can bring it on:

  • Overuse
  • A direct hit to the knee, like from a fall or blow
  • Misaligned bones that prevent your knee from mobing smmothly in its groove
  • Hypermobile feet (the joints in and around them move more than they should)
  • Fallen arches (flat feet)
  • Overpronation (your foot rolls down and inward when you step)
  • Weak or unbalanced thigh muscles
  • Chondromalacia patella, a conditionin which the cartlage under your knee cap breaks down

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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