Philadelphia Sports Podiatrist
642 E. Chester Pike, Ridley Park PA, 19078
2005 Marlton Pike East Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
Located inside Velocity /Stack Sports Performance Center
Runners Knee and How We Can Help
Runner’s knee, also known as patellofemoral pain syndrome, is a common painful problem that affects runners and other athletes. Any activity in which an athlete is bending their knee repeatedly (e.g. biking; walking) can potentially put them at risk for runner’s knee.
**Runner’s knee is not actually a specific problem, but the name for a culmination of other disorders that have different causes.
**Runner’s knee is the result of repeated use, knee trauma, misalignment, weak thigh muscles or flat feet.
Runner’s Knee Symptoms
There are several common symptoms of runner’s knee:
- Pain surrounding the kneecap (you may also experience pain behind it, as well)
- Pain while bending the knee
- Increased pain while walking downhill
- A popping or grinding sound around the knee
Your podiatrist will do a thorough examination and may even run X-rays to determine whether your symptoms are caused by runner’s knee.
Runner’s Knee Treatments
Most mild to moderate forms of runner’s knee will make a full recovery over time. We recommend following the standard RICE method of recovery, along with some other treatment options that will help to speed up the recovery process:
- Rest: Stay off your foot whenever possible to avoid putting weight and unnecessary pressure on the knee.
- Ice: As with most injuries or problems, ice can reduce swelling. We recommend icing your knee for no more than 30 minutes every 4 hours for the first couple of days.
- Compression: You can easily find compression sleeves and wraps for the knee, to help stabilize and increase muscle support. This should also provide some pain relief.
- Elevation: When sitting or lying in bed, be sure to elevate your knee. This will also help ward away knee pain.
- Medications: Over-the-counter anti-inflammatories like Advil or Aleve can help reduce pain and swelling in those with runner’s knee. Follow all drug instructions as directed to prevent side effects.
- Exercise: Light stretching exercises can help strengthen and increase mobility in the knee.
- Orthotics: We customize orthotics to uniquely fit your foot needs. This provides arch support, which takes unnecessary pressure off the bottoms of your feet, your ankle and ultimately your knee.
More severe bouts of runner’s knee may require surgery. During surgery, the kneecap may be repositioned and any damaged cartilage is removed.
For more information on Runners Knee in the Cherry Hill, NJ & Philidelphia, PA area call Dr. Lee Cohen at (610) 522-9200 today!