What’s the Best Solution for Runner’s Knee?

By William O. Roberts, MD / Posted on September 11, 2017

RunBigIsland writes: This might be a silly question, but I honestly don’t know. I’ve been suffering knee pain usually after seven or so miles of running. Based on the location of the pain and feedback I’ve received in the forums, it seems likely that it might be runner’s knee. I’ve been trying to strengthen all the muscles that attach to the knee. I was wondering if there is some kind of joint supplement that would help someone with runner’s knee as well? Or would supplements not really apply for something like runner’s knee?

Thank you for this question; I do not think there is a category of silly questions when it comes to health.

“Runner’s knee” is another name for patellofemoral pain syndrome, which translates in plain language to kneecap pain. The kneecap is a sesamoid bone located within the tendon that connects the quadriceps muscle to the lower leg bone, or tibia. It functions to improve the forces through the tendon as it crosses the joint and to protect the tendon from wear and tear.