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Runners Knee Symptoms

One of the most common ailments when running is Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS), better known as Runner’s Knee. Runner’s knee is not only experienced by runners, as many knee problems can be the result of overuse suffered from walking, biking, skiing, jumping and playing team sports. It’s important to not push through the pain of Runner’s Knee and recognise the issue before it becomes severe.

Causes of PFPS:

  • Overuse
  • Foot problems
  • Chondromalacia patella
  • Weak or imbalanced thigh muscles
  • Inadequate stretching prior to exercise
  • Trauma to the knee
  • Malalignment of the bones

    Symptoms of PFPS:

  • Dull aching pain behind/around the kneecap
  • Popping or grinding of the knee
  • swelling in severe cases

    ITB Syndrome

    (Iliotibial Band) is another common cause of Runner’s Knee which is usually the result of overuse and repeated trauma.

    Causes of ITB Syndrome:

  • Poor running technique
  • Weak hips & gluteal muscles
  • Flat feet or unsupported foot arch control
  • Excessive training or endurance running (trauma)

    Symptoms of ITB:

  • Gradually increased pain running down the outer knee during running
  • Acute sharp pain in the outer part of the knee
  • Swelling starting from the outer knee continuing over the knee

    Treat the Area Directly with Bexters

    As swelling is a common symptom of advanced Runner’s Knee, it is recommended to assist the body in decreasing the swelling and inflammation in the area. Bexters soda crystals are naturally hygroscopic meaning the sodium decahydrate crystals actively absorb or draw moisture from a localized area. When applying the soda crystals directly to the area of effect using a Bexters application wrap or poultice, Bexters can assist in drawing out the built-up fluid and help to reduce inflammation naturally and provide swelling relief.

    If pain is the predominant component being experienced, Bexters also offers a transdermal magnesium as part of its IRONMAN products online. This topical magnesium oil spray may help with providing relief for the afflicted area. Magnesium is known to help regulate over 300 biochemical reactions throughout the body including monitoring muscle and nerve functions. When sprayed directly onto the afflicted area, magnesium is transported directly to the source of pain to help relieve and aid in the recovery process.

    Alternatively, a hot bath with Bexters soda crystals and a dash of IRONMAN® by Bexters Magnesium Spray can help soothe and assist with pain relief whilst also promoting recovery throughout the body. Swelling and inflammation is a common consequence of sporting activities, such as a swollen elbow from tennis. However, swelling and inflammation is also common for RA sufferers, and our products are widely used as a natural arthritis remedy.