Running Injury and Minimalist Shoes

Our clinic sees lots of running injuries. Plantar fasciitis, shin splints, ankle pain, foot pain, calf strains, IT band syndrome, patellofemoral syndrome…the list goes on and on. These injuries are relatively common among runners and there are many different causes. Given that many of these injuries are related to impact, for some people, the finger…

outline of patello femoral syndrome

Patello-femoral Syndrome

The Q-angle (quadricep angle) is a measurement used by many health care practitioners to assess patello-femoral alignment. It is often mentioned in running magazines and on different websites because of its apparent ability to identify those persons at risk of certain knee injuries. Some of these knee injuries include patellofemoral syndrome, patellofemoral maltracking, chondromalacia patella,…

x-ray of knees

Patellofemoral Syndrome

The incidence of injury among distance runners is estimated to be between 37-56%.  Of these, pain in the area of the patellofemoral joint (near the “knee-cap”) is one of the most common complaints.  Thankfully, some recent research has uncovered some of the risk factors for this condition. Patellofemoral Syndrome Risk Factors   Traditionally, it has been…