Running is one of the best ways to stay fit and healthy, with runners enjoying the benefits of increased endurance, better fitness and the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors!
However, running is a very stressful activity on the body so runners can be subject to injuries, especially in the knee and ankle joints.
Knee Injuries in Runners
Runners are vulnerable to a number of different injuries, especially if there is inadequate warm-up and cool down or training intensity suddenly increases.
One of the most common ailments in runners is “Runner’s Knee”, which is also known as patella-femoral pain syndrome (PFPS).
Runner’s Knee occurs when the kneecap (patella) doesn’t track properly, resulting in pain either under, slightly above or below the kneecap.
It can be caused by a number of different factors, including muscular problems if the quadriceps are weak and hamstrings too tight to support the patella sufficiently.
It could also be a bio-mechanical issue, or caused by knee cartilage becoming worn so shock absorption is reduced. Poor running shoes can also be a factor.
The symptoms often include pain during running, after covering a certain distance and tenderness just above the knee joint. The pain can be exaggerated by increased hill work (especially down-hill), and running on tough ground conditions such as roads and countryside paths.
Symptoms vary per individual; some may experience sharp and sudden pain and others dull and chronic for different periods of time.
Runner’s Knee is not the only knee injury that runners are vulnerable to, as they can suffer from knee sprains, IT Band Syndrome and Patellar Tendinitis among others.
Knee Supports for running
Knee injuries, including runner’s knee can be managed by strengthening the quadriceps and stretching the hamstrings.
A good quality knee support can also help to manage knee injuries, as well as reducing recovery times and assisting in preventing further injury.
A good support will give extra support for the knee joint whilst also providing comfortable compression to help reduce swelling. Knee supports can also be used in training to support the joint against extra impact from hard ground and increased exercise.
Closed Patella Knee Supports for Running
LP provides a range of knee supports for running, and the LP Supports Extreme Closed Patella Support (code 706CA) provides comfortable pressure on the affected knee joint.
Extreme Closed Patella Knee Support / 706CA - £17.25
Featuring CoolPrene® technology the support contains a series of grooves and venting holes that work in a revolutionary pumping action to regulate excess heat and sweat which enhances comfort.
This knee support is designed to stay in place during the longest of training runs, and the versatile nature of the support also means that is can be used to help with a range of different knee injuries with stretch fabric for ease of wear and comfort.
The LP Closed Patella Knee Support is also available in neoprene (code 706).
LP Closed Patella Knee Support / 706 - £10.50
Neoprene is the best material for compression and heat retention, so this support retains body heat to warm the knee joint and increase blood circulation. It is also easy to slip on and off and available to suit all knee sizes.
Open Patella Knee Supports for Running
LP also offers high quality Open Patella Knee Supports which can be used to help with running related injuries.
These supports leave the kneecap open which offers extra protection to the patella, and one of our most popular supports is the LP Open Patella Knee Support (code 708)
LP Open Patella Knee Support / 708 - £13.50
This support includes a reinforced patella stabiliser, which helps to prevent abnormal tracking of the patella making sure it stays in alignment with the rest of the joint. It also helps to relieve pressure on the patella.
If you are trying to decide between an Open Patella and Closed Patella Knee Support then this blog post explains the difference between them.
Knee Brace for running
The use of a knee brace for running can also help with runner’s knee, and the LP Support Patella Brace code 769) applies pressure on the tendon below the kneecap.
LP Patella Brace / 769 - £8.50
This helps to spread the pressure from running across a larger area, taking the stress off the patella tendon. The brace will also assist with correct tracking and helps to provide relief of pain and inflammation in the knee.
All LP Knee Supports are carefully designed by medical professionals to relieve pain, prevent further injury and provide optimal wearing comfort.
With a range of sizes to accommodate all individuals, make sure you are well supported so you can perform at your best whatever your level of training.