Knee Pain From Running - Do You Need Knee Support?

Pain in the knee - What is Wrong with Me?

The knee is the biggest joint in your body, and that can also be why it’s one of the most easily injured. It comprises of 4 main components: bones, cartilage, ligaments, and the tendons. All 4 are susceptible to injury. In alot of cases, these injuries involve more than one part of the knee. The most common injuries of the knee for those who love to run are:

Runner’s knee

As it says, a ‘runner’s knee’ is the most common injury of the knee for runners. It is caused by overuse (& therefore damage) to the cartilage under the knee cap (chondromalacia). The most common symptom is knee pain on the anterior aspect of the knee that gets worse when walking up or down stairs, squatting or kneeling.

Jumper’s Knee

Jumper’s knee can also be known as as patellar tendonitis which is also an overuse injury caused by inflammation of the patellar tendon. With this, the person suffering would experience pain and swelling around the anterior portion of their knee. 

Read more: Causes, Symptoms and Diagnosis of Jumper’s Knee

Pes Anserine(Knee Tendon) Bursitis

Pes anserine bursitis is a condition caused by inflammation of the bursa, which is a fluid filled sac that cushions the joints. This bursa is located between the tibia and the tendons of the leg (more specifically, the hamstring). Inflammation along with swelling can occur when the bursa has been irritated and it produces too much fluid which can strain the inside of the knee.

Pain in the knee - What can I do?

If you have suffered from an injury, it is always a good idea that you visit a doctor or a specialist to figure out the cause and to ensure you have a detailed plan on the steps you need to take on your road to recovery. However, it is no secret that the best way to take care of an injury is to rest. Your body can only take so much strain before the pain gets worse in the long run. If your knee is in pain after a run, we suggest you pinpoint the area of pain and apply an ice pack to the area. In order to avoid damaging the tissue with the cold, it is best to wrap an ice pack with a towel or fabric. Try cooling your knee for around 20 minutes per day and have the knee elevated to reduce swelling.  Then there’s the support, a good knee sleeve for compression or knee brace for support is really important to help aid in the healing of the strain or injury, this will help by wearing knee support and knee compression to the area which will ultimately help to reduce swelling, stimulate metabolism and help relieve the symptoms of knee strain or knee injury. 

We have an extensive range of knee support products in the Bauerfeind NZ shop here: Knee Brace Collections.
If you are still unsure on selecting the right product for your knee pain, take our product selector quiz. Alternatively, send us a message on Live Chat or  book a video consultation with a Bauerfeind expert: Book Video Call.

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