Strengthen your knees to avoid pain Strengthen your knees to avoid pain

Some exercises for your hips and legs can help to improve patellofemoral pain, also known as runner’s knee.

This is characterized by pain in the kneecap and surrounding area, sometimes caused by repeated flexing and stretching of the knee, which causes excessive strain. According to the website Kidshealth from Nemours Foundation, it frequently occurs in athletes and, paradoxically, in those who exercise very little. It primarily affects young women.

Placing ice (wrapped in a towel) or a cold compress on your knee for 15 minutes every two hours can help to alleviate pain. You should also consult a specialist, who may recommend some strength and flexibility exercises depending on your case. Also keep in mind the following suggestions:

 –     Stretches, push-ups, squats, and lunges can increase leg and hip strength. Do these as recommended.

–     It is essential to warm up and stretch before and after exercising.

–     Maintaining a healthy weight also contributes to the wellbeing of your knees.

–     Wear comfortable shoes, not only while training.

–     Use knee braces and insoles as recommended.

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