1. Runner's KneeAs you may have guessed from the name - this condition most commonly affects runners - but it can also affect others who perform activities over and over such and walking or kneeling down. Simply put, any activity that involves extending your knee can cause runner's knee. Usually, people with runner's knee will experience pain, mild swelling and tenderness on the kneecap - often accompanied by a deep dull aching feeling around the knee. Sometimes popping can occur with almost no activity. These conditions are often exacerbated by going up stairs. If runner's knee is the cause of your knee pain going up stairs, then you're in luck because the treatment is simple:
- Reduce or eliminate repetitious activity until healed.
- Apply ice.
- Elevate the knee when you can.
- Take a pain reliever such as Ibuprofen or Aleve.
- Optional: compression with an ACE wrap or compression sock.