Common Marathon Running Knee Injuries

In a recent blog post, we reported about the increased participation in marathon running and how the number of marathon injuries are also increasing as a result. These injuries occur because of the impact that your joints – in particular the knee – absorb during running.

Here are some common marathon knee injuries that may occur from excessive running:

Runner’s Knee (also known as chondromalacia or patellofemoral pain) – This condition describes irritation under the kneecap. The cartilage under the kneecap usually glides smoothly as the joint bends, but if it rubs against one side of the joint during movement, it can cause pain. Repetitive movement, most often associated with running, can increase your risk of runner’s knee – though this condition can be observed in non-runners as well. (Got runner’s knee or want to help prevent it? Check out knee braces for runner’s knee.)

Iliotibial Band Syndrome (also known as ITBS) – The iliotibial band is a long, thick mass of tissue that goes from the hip to the outside of the shin bone. It works with your thigh muscles to stabilize the knee. During repetitive movement, such as from marathon running, the iliotibial band may become irritated. This pain can sideline a runner so it’s best to take measures to prevent ITBS from occurring by having proper footwear. (Got Iliotibial Band Syndrome or want to help prevent it? Check out knee braces for ITBS.)

Patellar Tendonitis (also known as jumper’s knee) – This type of injury is an inflammation of the tendons around the knee joint. Though knee tendonitis is usually a stress injury seen with repetitive jumping, it’s also frequently seen in runners. Marathon runners who are often running on hard pavement are at an increased risk. (Got knee tendonitis or want to help prevent it? Check out the DonJoy Cross Strap, one of the best knee braces to alleviate patellar tendonitis pain and to help prevent occurrence.)

If you’re a marathon runner, take steps to protect your knee joints. Speak with your doctor at the first sign of knee pain to get the appropriate treatment for your injury.

Which Knee Braces Help Arthritis in the Knee

We recently stumbled upon this question on Yahoo! Answers:

What type of knee brace is good for someone who has arthritis in the knee?

My right knee has arthritis. The pain comes and goes. I love jogging and tennis but it just kills me. I hate to give those up but will if it gets too bad. But is there any good knee braces on the market that might alleviate the pain and prevent more damage?

While knee braces can’t cure arthritis, they can definitely help alleviate pain in the knee. Many arthritis knee braces help by shifting pressure away from the unhealthy areas of the knee to the healthier areas.  Plus, by reducing pain, arthritis knee braces encourage movement and activity, helping to strengthen muscles around the knee.

There are many types of arthritis and the symptoms may vary from patient to patient. Speak with your doctor to see if arthritis knee braces are an appropriate part of treatment for your arthritis and activity level. You may want to check out some of these leading arthritis knee braces:

DonJoy OAdjuster Osteoarthritis Knee Brace – Ideal for moderate to severe ligament instabilities and post-knee surgery.
DonJoy OA Everyday
– Ideal for mild or moderate osteoarthritis and mild ligament damage for daily activity.
DonJoy OA Lite Osteoarthritis Knee Brace
– a customizable sleeve-style wrap for mild osteoarthritis.
DonJoy OA Assist Osteoarthritis Knee Brace
– for those with mild to moderate osteoarthritis to reduce pain during daily activities.
DonJoy OA FullForce Arthritis Knee Brace
– a light arthritis knee brace that helps active patients go more miles with less pain

Featured Product: DonJoy OA FullForce Arthritis Knee Brace

DonJoy OA FullForce Arthritis Knee BraceArthritis knee braces have been known to help conditions like osteoarthritis by shifting pressure away from the arthritic parts of the knee to the healthier areas of the knee. They also stabilize the joint so that patients have more confidence as they return to regular activity. This encourages movement and strengthens the muscles, building a healthy cycle of muscle growth and pain relief.

The DonJoy OA FullForce Arthritis Knee Brace is one of our lightest knee braces on the market, allowing active patients to go more miles with less pain. It also has special hinges and technology to reduce strain on the ligaments and cartilage in the knee.

Speak with your doctor to see if arthritis knee braces are a suitable treatment for your condition, then shop now for the DonJoy OA FullForce Arthritis Knee Brace!

Customer DonJoy OA FullForce Review:  “Have had this brace for three weeks. I have been in pain for eight months with arthritis and patella instability. after wearing this brace for three weeks I am absolutely amazed at the improvement in my knee. I can wear it all day. It is so comfortable. Thanks DonJoy. This is an amazing product!”

Check out our full selection of arthritis knee braces.

ACL Reconstruction Surgery: 10 Months Post-Op

Holly B. is an active professional in her late twenties who spends her free time playing recreational flag football and league basketball. She shares her experience with us as she explores the world of sports.

Wow, it’s hard to believe that we’re creeping up on the one year mark of my ACL reconstruction surgery.  For the last few months I’ve been trying to battle the last part recovery – rebuilding and developing my quad muscles back to where they were before surgery.

When I look at my legs side by side, it’s almost disappointing to see how strong my right leg looks compared to my left. I still have trouble going down stairs… my left leg starts to tremble a bit as it bears the full weight of my body.  The worst of it is that sometimes my left knee “clicks”, because the kneecap isn’t moving the right way because of the muscle atrophy.

Luckily, places like offer products such as patella tracking braces that help my knee joint move properly as I continue my rehabilitation. They help lift my patella back into proper position as I move my knee and perform the key exercises I need to re-strengthen my knee.  I’m excited to really push my conditioning these next couple of months so I can get back to playing basketball with my women’s league! The confidence that the knee brace gives me definitely helps me move forward with my exercise.

If you’ve injured your ACL or are recovering from ACL surgery, check out patella stabilizers and ACL knee braces today.

Alleviate Osteoarthritis Knee Pain

Osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the most common forms of knee arthritis, and is cause by the wearing down of joint cartilage over time. It causes pain and can also make moving around uncomfortable or difficult due to weakness or stiffness.

Wearing arthritis knee braces specifically designed for osteoarthritis may help minimize some of the symptoms and allow for easier movement. They help to shift pressure away from the weaker parts of the knee to the healthier portions of the knee joint. Check out these amazing osteoarthritis knee braces:

DonJoy OAdjuster Osteoarthritis Knee Brace – Revolutionary “Progressive Loading System” provides maximum pain relief
DonJoy OA FullForce Knee Brace – Great for active osteoarthritis patients by reducing strain on the knee during physical activity
DonJoy OA Everyday Osteoarthritis Knee Brace – Lightweight and comfortable – perfect for daily use
DonJoy OA Assist Osteoarthritis Knee Brace – Anatomically designed for maximum comfort during activity
DonJoy OA Lite Osteoarthritis Knee Brace – A cost effective, sleeve-style brace for mild osteoarthritis
DonJoy Reaction Knee Brace – Unique webbed design is perfect for osteoarthritis support and general patella tracking issues

DonJoy OA Everyday Osteoarthritis Knee Brace