Runner’s knee

Overload and inflammation in the long tendon which runs along the outside of the thigh from the pelvis and attaches just below the knee. Mainly affects runners and orienteerers, and is found among both joggers and top-level sportsmen and women.

 

Symptoms

– Pain during roadwork, particularly after a couple of kilometres (other activities such as ballgames do not cause these symptoms as frequently).
– Tenderness on the outside of the leg, a few centimetres above the knee.

 

Possible causes

Rapid increase in the amount of exercise done.
Stiff, tense muscles in the thighs and hips.
Poor footwear.
Lopsided running on sloping ground, e.g. the edge of a road.

 

Treatment

Correct anything which may trigger the symptoms
(both external and internal factors).
Alternative training such as cycling, Wet-vest.
Gradual increase in roadwork.
Stretching of tense muscles.
Choosing the right shoes.