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Are you a runner?  Do often have a dull ache located throughout the front of your kneecap that sometimes radiates to the back of the knee?  You may have a condition called runners knee.  Chondromalacia patellae, also known as runner’s knee, is the condition in which the cartilage on the under-surface of the patella (knee-cap) wears thin or deteriorates and softens.  This condition is caused by several factors as in improper alignment of the patella, an imbalance of the muscles surrounding the knee, or even a precondition of flat feet.  These factor can all contribute to some wear and tear on your cartilage.

 

If you have concerns that this could be you, here are some symptoms to keep at look out for.  You may have difficulty climbing up and down stairs, or pain while you move from a sitting position to a standing position.  You may also develop a grinding and/or cracking sensation with movement of your knees. Finally, be on the look out for swelling that appears around the kneecap that sometimes can cause tightness and limit your mobility.