Last week, Mom posted about knee pain. I didn’t know what to tell her other than, “go do hot yoga.” Truthfully, I don’t even know if yoga is a cure for knee pain, but I wanted to help my mom so I blurted out something that helps me. I felt bad about it this morning and decided to do a little research to find something that would really help her. I looked at several articles and in each one doctors were quoted saying something along the lines of “By far the most common ‘injury’ we see in runners is knee pain.” Doctors were also consistently quoted blaming, not the knees, but the feet and quads.
Check out these three most common causes of knee pain:
1. Your feet
When your feet aren’t working properly your kneecap moves out of its track, or rubs up against its sides. Maybe you’re overpronating or supinating when you run.
Solution: There are nearly 1000 steps per mile, and over time the cushioning cartilage around the knee becomes worn. To prevent this process you should stabilize your feet. Make sure you have the right kind of shoes for your foot type (review tips from Cool Running on shoe shopping). To tell if you’re overpronating or supinating, you can go to a running shop OR dip your feet in water and then run down your sidewalk. Check out your footprint before the watermarks dry. (I under-pronate slightly.)