Running is a great activity to take up. It keeps you fit and strong, it helps you stay healthy, it is a way to move from one point to another. You can do it solo if you prefer or you can join a club if you want something social to go along with it. You can run for the joy, or you can run and train for events. You do not need any special equipment to do it (apart from a good pair of running shoes), you do not even need to spend money on it if you do not want to. But as great as running is as an exercise it there are times when injuries happen. Along with employing a running coach to help with technique you do need to watch how much pressure and stress you are putting on your joints and muscles. A common injury to runners is the aptly named runner's knee. The repeated impact on your knees leads to injury and pain.

Common causes of runner's knee

In fact, the term runner's knee is used for several knee joint issues centered around the patella. The following are some of the common causes.

  1. Thigh muscles are unbalanced – You can develop weakness in the thigh muscles when you have an unbalance and that can lead to your knee not being in the right position or being too tight.
  2. Pushing the knee too hard – While you might want to push yourself hard to get stronger, faster and better, a lot of knee bending, impact and strain on the joints can go past what your body can deal with. Pushing too hard causes injury and irritation or damage to the tissues surrounding the kneecaps. Talk to your running coach, London or where you are.
  3. Bone malalignment – If you have this diagnosis, which amounts to any bone from your ankle to hip not in line, then you are more likely to develop knee issues. It is harder for smooth movement as there is a lot of pressure.
  4. Foot problems – If you have certain issues with your foot and your arches that can affect how you walk and run and in turn place more pressure on the knees.
  5. Arthritis – When you are arthritic you have a breaking down of cartilage that leads to less function and flexibility in the joint. Arthritic knees will certainly lead to issues with running.

Preventing knee injuries

When you are often suffering from knee pain it can affect your training. These three things can help prevent some problems.

  1. Use proper running shoes – Even if you are not training and are just someone who likes to run, you should invest in the best running shoes you can. If you have one your running coach will strongly recommend this too and may have some suggestions they can make based on your budget. The wrong shoes can lead to several knee problems as well as other potential injuries and can also cause discomfort so that you reluctant to go out there. Look for something with good support, that absorbs the impact and gives the ankles some protection. When your shoes or worn down, get a new pair.
  2. Eat a healthy diet – Maintaining a healthy weight and eating well is a good way to also look after your joints. Less weight on the knees is a good thing and when you eat the right nutrients that also keeps your joints healthier.

Any twinges should be checked out – It is quite common for people not to pay attention to a twinge, or think it is nothing and not have it checked. Those twinges might be early warning signs. Be sure to talk to a doctor or a physiotherapist about any issues you have noticed. Your running coach London and your physio can work out a routine your knee can handle while it recovers.

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