WHAT CAUSES IT?
Knee ligaments and cartilage are easily damaged. And the way you walk, affects your knees.
Most of us walk with one foot leading and pointing outwards. This means that the inner quad
builds more than the outer, creating knee, hip and back problems.
WHAT CAN I DO TODAY?
If your knees hurt during exercise, don’t work through it. Recover and seek professional advice. It may just be that you’re overtraining. Alternate running with cross-training, such as swimming or cycling, and allow a day’s rest in between sessions.
AND IN THE LONG TERM?
A common reason for knee pain is ill-fitting or worn-out trainers. Also avoid running on hard surfaces, such as pavements, which can cause chronic tissue trauma.
WHEN TO SEE A DOCTOR
If pain has come on after damage, you may need to see a physio. If knees are regularly inflamed, ask your GP to rule out arthritis.