Sometimes when you run, you may experience pain in the bottom of your patella tendon, the tendon found below your kneecap. The pain may increase with running or jumping and can last for many months.
Patella Tendonitis can also be called jumper’s knee. Because running is a series of jumps, greater pressure is placed on the patella tendon. Chronic repetitive running or jumping can lead to a weakening of the tendon. Improper running mechanics, foot imbalance and running up hills can aggravate the symptoms.
As with most injuries, proper stretching and strengthening routine along with good shoes and good running mechanics can promote running without pain.
I’m Steve Taylor, Physical Therapist of Southern Physical and Occupational Therapy Services
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