Do Your Knees Hurt After Jogging?

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Post by Brian Yee PT, MPhty, OCS, FAAOMPT

It is common for joggers to have knee pain. It is usually due to a combination of improper strength and flexibility not only at the knee, but also the hip and foot. The hip is designed to absorb a majority of shock, as well as produce power through the gluteal muscles. The foot contacts the ground and provides proper ground reaction forces up the kinetic chain. If the hip or foot do not work correctly, the knee undergoes increased stress. Like a paper clip bending repetitively, injuries at the knee can then occur. In runners, pain can present itself in the front (i.e. patellar pain), outside (i.e. iliotibial band syndrome), or along the inside of knee (i.e. medial meniscus injury). It is important to address proper mechanics through the entire leg to allow a jogger to run efficiently without causing further injury.

If running is causing more pain in the knee, it is recommended not to “run through the pain” but rather limit the running by staying short of pain before it gets worse. Take the time outside of running to address proper strength, flexibility and core stability to promote proper mechanics to jog at the distance and intensity you are striving for.  Fitting of proper running shoes for your foot type should be considered as well as contacting a running coach to assess your stride and running mechanics.

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