Medial Knee Pain After Running: Signals And Pain Relief Tips

Medial Knee Pain After Running: Signals And Pain Relief Tips


Pain on the medial side of the knee is usually related to medial meniscal tears, injuries to the medial collateral ligament, tendonitis, and even to arthritis. Depending on the severity of these conditions, you may have pain only while running or when you are walking as well.  Please consult an orthopedic specialist and avoid running until this is diagnosed and treated. Take care!

Signals of knee injuries after running

Medial Knee Pain After Running Signals And Pain Relief Tips

Signals of knee injuries after running include:

  • Where the knee cap and the thigh bone meet, there is pain around or behind the knee cap.
  • Pain is experienced while walking down a hill or flight of stairs. The intensity of the pain increases especially at rest.
  • Swelling, redness and stiffness of the knee.
  • Popping sound or grinding noise in the knee joints.
  • Difficulties in flexing or straightening the knee.

It is advisable to consult a doctor who can provide thorough examination and diagnosis on the underlying causes of the knee pain. This can include MRI’s (Magnetic Resonance Imagery), CT scan or any other diagnostic tests.

Pain relief tips which you can use to relieve knee pain after running



The knee should be rested as much as possible (at least 2 days). Try to minimize movements and avoid putting weight on the injured knee by standing or walking too long. Use crutches when moving around.

Use a compression wrap to protect the knee. If it is a severe injury, used knee brace to help stabilize the joint.

Ice pack can be applied to the injury every hour for 15 minutes for the first day of the injury. Subsequently, you can then applied 4 times a day until the pain has lessened and the swelling has gone down.

Elevating the knee with a pillow under it when lying down or sitting up. This will reduce the strain and keep some of the swelling down.

Anti-flammatory painkillers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help control pain and reduce swelling. Seek medical advice when taking these drugs though because overdose of Aspirin can increase the risk of ulcers and bleeding and liver damage from Acetaminophen.

If your doctor recommends it, practice gentle stretching and strengthening exercises. These will not only help to recondition the knee but also regain the strength as well as co-ordination of the knee joint and other leg muscles.

Arch supports can help with flat feet. Put them into shoes and the arch supports will support the arches and provide relief for collapsed arches.

If nothing else works, then surgery may be the last option. Surgery may involve with removing the damaged cartilage or correcting the knee cap alignment so that stress can be distributed more evenly.

The recovery rate from injuries for every one of us is different. As such, do not try to rush the healing process as it could adversely aggravate your conditions. By using the knee forcefully before full recovery can cause the knee to “wind up” with permanent damages.

Your running can only be resume if:

  • There is no pain in the knee when it is bent or straightened
  • If there is no pain when walking, sprinting, jumping, or walking
  • If the injured knee feels as strong as it is before the injury