Joining a Thanksgiving Run? Avoid Runner’s Knee!

As soon as November hits, many in the El Paseo area of Palm Desert, CA will start gearing up for the High Tower Thanksgiving Day 5K Run/Walk. Almost 2000 people enjoyed the annual event that benefits Martha’s Village & Kitchen last year. Your registration fees will help to serve over 200,000 meals to the homeless and the hungry this year.

Giving your time and efforts to support a great cause can be greatly dampened if you have to deal with an injury or pain during the run. Runner’s knee is a common problem that runners have to struggle through. It can also creep up if you participate in any activity that involves repetitive bending of your knees such as biking, walking and jumping. Our patients usually describe this problem as having an aching feeling around the kneecap.

There are a few reasons why you may be experiencing this knee problem. One factor is whether you have had a prior injury such as a blow or a fall. Trauma can result in residual pain during activity. You may feel pain if the tendons that connect the muscles to the bones around your knee become overstretched, and it may be that the bones in your knee are actually misaligned or out of place. This inhibits your body weight from being properly distributed and can cause damage to your joints.

Finally, the root of your knee problem may be your feet. Flat feet – having no arch in the bottom of your feet – often causes them to overpronate, or roll inwards at the ankle. This motion puts extra pressure on the knee and can lead to discomfort.

Don’t allow yourself to be sidelined with knee pain. If it stems from your feet, Dr. Harvey Danciger can diagnose the exact cause and provide the treatment you need to get back into life without foot or knee pain. Call our office in Palm Desert, CA at (760) 568-0108 to make an appointment today.

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Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle
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