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Runners Knee

As a keen runner for many years I have been lucky to avoid any ‘long term’ injuries. However, hitting the roads and field for hours on end certainly takes it's toll, and certain imbalances can 'bully' certain joints. So it should come as no surprise then that knee pain is a very common injury for runners, and can literally stop us in our tracks. 

As a young adult I was given orthotics to combat knee pain. I was also put into a stability shoe which was designed to stop me over-pronating as I played my sports. My knee pain disappeared - Great result! Or so I thought…. 

The orthotics supported the arch of my foot and over time my foot mechanics changed. It was no coincidence then when I began to suffer with hip injuries repeatedly shortly after, and had to take time out from my passion, running. What actually occurred was that my foot mechanics where changed and the imbalance that I had experience at the very beginning started to 'bully' my hip instead of my knee. 

Fortunately, training and working in an industry of forward-thinking fitness professionals, I have been lucky enough to work with highly-respected individuals who have developed me professionally and taught me the significance of not only hip and knee mechanics, but how failure to pay attention to foot and ankle mechanics can lead to long-term injuries. Although, all too often we seem to forget this in our training. Fitness classes tend to promote a lot of hip mobility and rarely foot and metatarsal mobility. 

It wasn't until I learnt to exercise my feet and ankles functionally, that my body worked more as a whole and my pains and niggles disappeared. This has also been proven with many clients who may have 'gaps' in their biomechanics. We can target the foot, hip or spine to create an environment for allowing their ‘runners knee’ to improve, meaning they can get back to training, faster, stronger and in a safe way. 

With the correct training we can all promote the right environment bio-mechanically to allow us to enjoy our passions, injury-free. I encourage you to check-out this article below from a popular running magazine which explains how working hips can trigger great results and get runners back on the road quickly.

Dis-function at the ankle can cause numerous problems in sports enthusiasts, and this is why we often choose the ‘right’ trainers or see the podiatrist. We have 27 bones in the foot for a reason - they all move in different directions to serve a purpose, relative to the foot’s position. Just like the hip, if we help runners' feet, a healthy balance of good hip and foot function will create the best environment for runners' knees promoting a long, enjoyable and successful running career.

Ben Linfield