Patella (kneecap) Pain in Runners

 

Patella (kneecap) pain in runners is a prevalent issue that can arise from various conditions, commonly referred to as patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS). Runners experiencing this condition often feel pain around or beneath the kneecap, particularly during or after running, descending stairs, or sitting for prolonged periods with a bent knee. PFPS can result from factors such as overuse, muscle imbalances, improper biomechanics, or inadequate footwear.

 

Patellofemoral Syndrome

Patellofemoral syndrome is the excessive use of the knee joint that can happen if you abruptly start putting strain on your knee, for example, through a new workout routine.

 

Patella Tendonitis

Patellar tendonitis is defined by inflammation in the patellar tendon, and most commonly occurs at its origin just below the kneecap. The most common cause is overuse or repetitive injury, and it has been reported to occur in athletes of virtually every sport. However, jumping activities place particularly high strains on the tendon and the condition is therefore more common in basketball players, tennis players, volleyball players, track and field athletes, as well as soccer players. With repetitive jumping, small, often “microscopic” tearing and injury of the tendon can occur. More information on Patella Tendonitis.

 

Chondromalacia Patellae

Chondromalacia is the deterioration of the cartilage that covers your kneecap.

 

Patellar Tracking Disorder

Also known as patellar maltracking, this condition occurs when your kneecap isn’t properly aligned.

 

Patellar Instability

Also known as patellar subluxation, this is a partial dislocation of your kneecap.

 

Hoffa’s Fat Pad Impingement

This condition affects a layer of fatty soft tissue just under your kneecap.