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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. PFPS is when the cartilage under the knee joint is damaged and is the most common cause of knee pain resulting in doctors’ visits. This knee condition is not only experienced by runners though, 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 minor injury before it becomes severe. Understanding and recognising the symptoms of runner’s knee is important to correctly recovering from knee injuries when they arise.


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
  • 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. ITB syndrome is when the ligament that runs from the pelvic bone to shinbone rubs against the thighbone as it is too tight. This is a regular issue for bicyclists and long distance runners/walkers.

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.

    Information used on this site is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Use only as directed.