With the weather starting to heat up, and the summer fast approaching, you’ve probably noticed that many are taking their exercise to the outdoors. In particular, more and more runners are hitting the pavement when the sun is shining. Whether you’ve been running for years, or are just beginning, it’s always important to run safely in order to prevent injury. Knee injuries are among the most common injuries in runners, and can easily be avoided with a little care. In today’s blog post Bellevue Bone and Joint Physicians, your orthopedic surgeons for sports medicine in Bellevue, WA, will be discussing some knee injury prevention tips for our runners!
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS), or “Runner’s Knee,” is the most common running injury related to the overuse of the knee. It can affect one or both knees, and is found to impact mostly younger, recreational runners. You may experience symptoms such as pain toward the back of the knee or a crackling sensation in the knee. Sometimes it may feel as if your knee is giving out.
Some ways to prevent Runner’s Knee include:
* Running on softer surfaces
* Be sure you are wearing the correct shoe type for your running style and gait, by visiting a specialty shoe shop
* Do not increase running mileage by more than 10% in one week
* Cut back on running mileage, and avoid knee-bending exercises and stairs at the first sign of pain
* Keep your quadriceps strong
* Stretch properly before and after running
At Bellevue Bone and Joint Physicians, we are proud to be leaders when it comes to orthopedic surgery for sports medicine in Bellevue, WA, but prevention is always key! For more information about the services we offer at BBJP, take a peek at our website, or call to schedule a consultation. We look forward to hearing from you!