One of the biggest oft-repeated myths is that running is bad for your knees.
But mounting research has shown that this is simply not the case. In fact, the regular aerobic and muscular strengthening that running provides may even help protect the knee. Most recently, a study published in June 2016 issue of the journal Arthritis Care & Research, concluded that there is no increased risk of arthritis among runners.
That said, plenty of runners encounter knee issues from time to time. Often they experience patellofemoral pain—the condition that’s often referred to as “Runner’s Knee” and typically creates an ache in the bottom or front of the knee. Another common problem is IT band pain, which typically creates pain and tightness on the bottom outer corner of the knee.
If you do experience pain that persists or worsens as you run, and after you’re done, don’t try to run through it. See a doctor. Here are some of the most common causes of knee pain and insights on potential solutions.