For starters, it’s not just for runners. Furthermore, it isn’t a specific injury. Runner’s knee is a broad term for the pain you experience if you have one of several knee problems. A doctor may refer to it as patellofemoral pain syndrome.
Causes and Risk Factors
Several factors can contribute to it:
- A direct knee strike
- Your bones are not aligned
- Foot issues such as hypermobile feet (when the joints in and around your feet move more than they should), fallen arches (flat feet), or overpronation (which means your foot rolls down and inward when you step).
- Thigh muscles that are weak or unbalanced.
- Chondromalacia patella is a condition in which the cartilage beneath your kneecap deteriorates.