What is Runner’s Knee?

The Guardian (UK) explains that “’runners knee’ is called patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS). It is a problem that responds very well to physiotherapy treatment and there is a reasonable amount of research evidence behind what we do.”

“The pain arises from around or under the patella (knee-cap) and can be as a result of it not tracking properly in its groove. There are some common risk factors that can affect how the patella tracks.”

These include:

  • The resting position of the patella
  • The muscles around the knee
  • Hip and pelvis control
  • Foot position

What causes “runner’s knee?”

  • “Changes in load can be one of the biggest factors. So this could be related to the volume or intensity of your training.”
  • “Biomechanics, relating to the way you move, can also affect the relative load through the patellofemoral joint.”
  • “Footwear can also be a risk factor. It is important that you wear appropriate footwear.”
  • Training surface: if you change where you train this can also sometimes put you at risk of injury.

While there are a range of options on how to treat “runner’s knee,” getting educated about it is an important first step.