Most runners – particularly those who record lots of training miles or who compete at long distances – have experienced sore knees after running at one time or another. For some, ice packs are part of every post-run routine. Others put mind over matter, and just wait for the pain to pass – until the next run.
A better solution would be to prevent the discomfort altogether, and the best way to support your knees for running is to stabilise the knee joint and ensure efficient, forward movement. Learn how to reduce knee pain with our useful tips.
When running or walking, our feet, ankles, knees, and hips work together to propel us forward. If one part of the body is weak or injured, or if we train with poor form, we run the risk of throwing our natural cadence off, and invite problems throughout our system of movement.
If you’re experiencing sore knees after running, whether training or racing, there’s no need to accept discomfort as part of the routine. Take steps to improve your form. Consult with a trainer, coach, or sports injury specialist to assess your gait and technique, then work to resolve any issues. Ask your trainer to recommend stabilising exercises to prevent or alleviate knee pain associated with running. If you don’t have access to professional help, look to resources like Runner’s World for classic stabilising exercises that can help reduce pain in your knees and ankles.
When used properly, tape and knee braces such as the FUTURO™ Stabilizing Knee support can also provide much needed support and stability and improve your ability to get around. Acute injuries require professional attention and treatment of course, as does chronic joint pain. Your doctor or trainer can recommend the right amount of compression, and advise you on how and when to use a knee brace. For a little extra support while working out with a knee injury, OTC knee braces can provide the stability to continue your rehabilitation.
If your knees are healthy and pain-free, and you want to keep them that way, be proactive with stabilising exercises designed to strengthen the muscles and tendons associated with the knee joint. Strong connective tissue provides the absolute best knee support for running.