Knee pain is one of the most common problems facing runners and can be caused by a number of reasons. The most common causes of knee pain are:
- Old shoes - The cushioning has gone and therefore there is a greater impact on your knees, especially if you're running on roads or pavement.
- Wrong shoes - Its important to know if you have a neutral gait or whether you supinate or over pronate. Shoes are made for a particular type of gait so make sure you get a gait analysis before you purchase a pair of shoes so that you know your buying the right pair.
- Overuse - Doing too much, and not getting enough rest days in will eventually get to your body no matter how young you are. If you're new to running, try not to increase your mileage by more than 10% per week.
Good Knee alignment is partly determined by joint placement (how the bones fit together at the joint) but is mostly affected by good muscle balance and posture. Look at your hips, knees and feet when you stand in front of a mirror- everything should be facing forward. If this is not the case these could be the reasons why :
- It may be lazy posture- if so you should be able to correct it with out little discomfort or tiredness.
It may be musclar imbalance or over tight muscles, a good streching programme will help repair poor flexabitily and help musclar imbalance.
If you're sure none of the above reasons are the cause, then we recommend visiting a physio or sports therapist.