Runner's knee linked to other biomechanical issues
Further research points to biomechanics and foot conditions as causes of common problems among runners.
An article published by Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) reports that a condition known as runner's knee is often the result of other imbalanced biomechanics, most often in the feet and hips.
As a result, learning proper form and correcting conditions that may affect lower extremity joints may prevent pain and injury in runners.
"Part of being an athlete is finding what activity you're good at. Some people are born to run, and others have to work on their mechanics and endurance to make sure they are running with proper form," said Joseph Chorley, M.D., associate professor at BCM.
The doctor noted that individuals most commonly experience pain during their first year or two of running.
An article in Runner's World reports that about 42 percent of overuse injuries occur in the knee joint. The news source noted that running on soft ground, increasing speed gradually and slowly introducing inclines into a regimen may help prevent knee pain.