Patellofemoral Syndrome (AKA Runner’s Knee) is a result of excessive pressure of the kneecap on the underlying groove in the femur. Symptoms of Runner’s Knee are often aggravated by movements involving forceful deep knee flexion, such as hiking downhill or running.
The most common symptoms of Runner’s Knee are pain under and around the kneecap. Cracking or clicking sensations around the knee¬cap may also be experienced.
The many causes of Runner’s Knee include excessive rolling-in of the feet, weak inner thigh muscles, tight hip, thigh, and calf muscles, asymmetrical kneecaps, knock knees, wide hips, and reoccurring stress to the knee.
Rest and ice your knee twice daily/after activity to reduce pain and inflammation. Custom foot orthotics can improve your lower leg alignment, allowing the muscles around your knee to function while reducing soft tissue strain on the knee.