For many runners, running is more than a hobby: it’s almost a way of life. Losing the ability to run from knee pain would be a huge blow to their lives. For other runners who are just starting or trying to develop the habit, something like knee pain can stop them in their tracks before they even get going. Knee pain is a big fear for many runners. The good news is that you can take steps to protect your knees from running pain. It’s not inevitable!
Knee pain from running can be the result of many factors. It could be wear and tear over time. It could be a problem with how your foot strikes the ground, or the wrong footwear. It could even be an overpronation problem. Protecting your knees from running pain means taking steps to make these issues and other things that negatively affect your knees less likely:
- Check your stride – Striking the ground with your heel first puts extra shock and pressure through your knees, increasing their wear and tear. Instead, try to take smaller strides and land in the middle of your foot with each step.
- Wear the right shoes – Shoes come with varying levels of support. Make sure you wear the kind your feet need to support your arch.
- Replace old pairs – Worn out shoes don’t support your lower limbs correctly and can encourage bad strides. Replace old pairs regularly.
- Condition appropriately – Don’t jump into lots of miles right away if you’re coming back after a break or just starting. Take it slow and build the distance over time.
- Get support if you need it – If you need extra arch support, look into using orthotics to protect your feet.
If you’re already struggling with knee pain from running, it could be any number of the things mentioned earlier. The best way to take care of your knees at this point is to have your joints and your running gait examined to determine what factors are affecting you. Then you can take steps to help correct any problems.
Our experienced physical therapists at Castle Pines Physical Therapy and Cherry Creek Physical Therapy are happy to help you through every step of this process. You can make an appointment with us easily online, or by calling our Castle Pines, and Denver Colorado offices at (303) 805-5156. Don’t wait until knee pain stops you in your tracks. Take care of your joints today!