What is patellar tendonitis?
The Patellar tendon is attached just below the knee cap and runs down to the Tibia (shin bone). Its job is to help you extend the knee when you run, jump or kick.
Patellar Tendonitis is the inflammation of this tendon which connects your kneecap (patella) to your shinbone (tibia). Symptoms: Those with this injury will experience pain in the lower knee.
What causes patellar tendonitis?
Patellar Tendonitis is caused by repetitive, strong stress placed on the knee. Tight quads, calves and hamstrings can increase the stress on this tendon or a muscular imbalance can create an uneven pull on the tendon, This stress causes the patellar tendon to tear, which subsequently becomes inflamed.
The condition is common among players of sports that require lots of jumping movement – i.e volleyball and basketball.
The likelihood of developing patellar tendonitis is increased by the following factors:
- Insufficient footwear.
- Misaligned feet and incorrect gait.
- Tight leg muscles.
Many athletes obtain this injury and running on a decline can also increase your risk of it.
How to cure Patellar Tendonitis
Dependent on the severity of the case, treatment for patellar tendonitis concentrates on pain reduction and improving both the elasticity and strength of leg muscles.
In the short term, take measures to reduce the inflammation of the patellar tendon. Icing the affected area and taking anti-inflammatory medication can help.
After a period of rest, it’s advisable to start a structured program of flexibility and strength training.
How Can Enertor’s Insoles help with Patellar Tendonitis?
Enertor’s specially designed insoles can help prevent patellar tendonitis as well as aid recovery from the condition. They help by:
- Significantly reducing the impact on muscles and joints of the lower body – the causes of patellar tendonitis.
- Encouraging the correct alignment of feet, ensuring that excessive pressure is not placed on key joints and that the tibia does not over-rotate.