Topic Overview

Patellar
tendinopathy, also known as jumper’s knee, affects the
tendons that attach the kneecap to the shinbone and the quadriceps tendon to the
kneecap. Prolonged kneeling can cause
prepatellar bursitis, which can develop into an
egg-shaped bump on the front of the kneecap. To prevent and ease knee pain
during work, play, and daily activities:

  • Reach and stay at a healthy weight.
  • Wear
    kneepads when kneeling on hard surfaces. Avoid prolonged
    kneeling.
  • Strengthen and stretch your leg muscles. Pay special
    attention to your front and back thigh muscles (quadriceps and
    hamstrings).
  • Avoid deep knee bends.
  • Avoid running
    downhill unless you are fully conditioned.
  • Wear shoes with good
    arch supports.
  • Remember these tips about specific sports activities:
    • Experts recommend getting new athletic shoes every 3 months
      or after 500 miles of wear.
    • Whenever possible, avoid wearing shoes
      with cleats when playing contact sports. Cleats help your performance in some
      sports by keeping your feet from slipping during acceleration, turns, or
      contact. But wearing shoes with cleats increases your risk of injury.

Credits

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP – Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Kenneth J. Koval, MD – Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Trauma

Current as ofMarch 21, 2017