Health Tip: Prevent Runner's Knee
Rest as soon as knee pain starts
(HealthDay News) - Symptoms of runner's knee typically include pain in and around the kneecap, particularly when running, squatting, kneeling or walking up or down stairs.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers these suggestions to help prevent runner's knee:
- Take time to get your body in good condition before performing activities that stress the knees.
- Try to lose weight. Being overweight puts additional stress on the knees.
- Always warm up and stretch your legs before you exercise. Remember to stretch after your workout, as well.
- Increase activity gradually. Trying to do too much before your body is conditioned for it can cause injury.
- Wear supportive running shoes that absorb shock well. Try to run on somewhat softer surfaces.
- Practice good form when running, leaning slightly forward and keeping your knees bent.
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