Runner’s Knee: It Really Does Affect Runners

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.

My friend Sandy has always been an athlete. She played high school basketball and she is also the quarterback on my flag football team and in the same recreational basketball league as me. Sandy has been relatively injury-free… maybe a couple minor ankle sprains or shoulder tendonitis over the years, until recently. The activity that has really started taking a toll on her body is running.

Sandy recently started getting in to marathons and regularly scheduled jogs around the neighborhood. She started feeling pain in her left knee. It got bad enough that she decided to see her doctor, who diagnosed it as Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS), also known as Runner’s Knee.

Luckily, there are knee braces for runner’s knee which may help reduce the symptoms. PFPS knee braces help by applying pressure to the knee and also by “lifting” the kneecap in to proper position during athletic activities, such as running.

Sandy’s still resting and healing, but when she starts activity again she’ll be wearing a knee brace for runner’s knee to help alleviate her patellofemoral pain.

The Best Knee Brace for Runner’s Knee

Runner’s knee, also known as chondromalacia, is a general term for pain around the kneecap. It’s a common condition for runners, because the constant impact of their legs with the ground while running can cause inflammation in the knee cartilage.

Wearing a knee brace specifically designed for runner’s knee can help alleviate knee pain. Certified athletic trainer and product specialist Leana Rice recommends the DonJoy Cross Strap as the best knee brace for runner’s knee. It’s designed to apply pressure to the patellar tendon, which helps reduce the pain that patients feel in their kneecap. It’s especially good for athletes because it doesn’t inhibit movement during sports or running, plus it has a one-piece design that makes it easy to put on. It’s also comfortable to wear because it has no stitching or rough edges. You can even wear it discreetly under clothing.

If you experience knee pain when running or playing sports, the DonJoy Cross Strap should be part of your athletic gear! Learn more about the best knee brace for runner’s knee.

P.S. The DonJoy Cross Strap is also great for jumper’s knee (patellar tendonitis) and Osgood-Schlatter’s Syndrome.