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Jumper’s Knee: Find Information and Relief at FootSmart

If you play sports where you have to jump a lot, such as basketball or volleyball, then you’re at a high risk for developing a knee condition known as patellar (knee) tendonitis, commonly called jumper’s knee.

When the tendons in your quadriceps muscles, located at the front of the thighs, become inflamed, then you most likely have jumper’s knee. Most people with jumper’s knee will develop a series of small tears in these muscles, which accounts for the inflammation. Other symptoms can also occur along with the onset of jumper’s knee:

  • Pain when you move your knee – due to friction as the tendon moves over the kneecap – could indicate that you have jumper’s knee. (But since this jumper’s knee symptom is common of many knee conditions, talk to your doctor.) The pain from jumper’s knee may also feel more intense with faster movements like running or jumping.
  • You will see swelling, due to fluid accumulation and inflammation, if you have jumper’s knee. If you think you have jumper’s knee, but there is not a lot of swelling, then see your doctor. He or she can still detect any defect in the tendon near the tear during an exam.
  • The painful, swollen area will also be warm to the touch if you have jumper’s knee.
  • Finally, localized tenderness will be present and will increase with movement if you develop jumper’s knee.

If you have these jumper’s knee symptoms, then you could have jumper’s knee and should make an appointment with your doctor to be checked out. Your physician may need to take x-rays or give the area an MRI to confirm that you have jumper’s knee.

Now, even if you don’t play jumping sports, you could have jumper’s knee. Here are some other causes of jumper’s knee:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis can contribute to your development of jumper’s knee.
  • Excessive exercise can result in jumper’s knee, which is why even non-jumper athletes often come down with jumper’s knee.
  • Repeated trauma to the area can contribute to your development of jumper’s knee.
  • Strain can also cause jumper’s knee.

If you’re been diagnosed with jumper’s knee, then you need to start on the RICE treatment:

You can also try these methods to relieve and prevent jumper’s knee pain and swelling:

  • Apply heat before stretching and exercise and ice afterward to help treat and prevent jumper’s knee.
  • Compress and stabilize the joint with a knee splint to help relieve and prevent jumper’s knee.
  • Take oral anti-inflammatory agents, such as aspirin, ibuprophen, naproxen and glucosamine, to help ease symptoms of jumper’s knee. (FootSmart sells glucosamine right here at for jumper’s knee relief.)
  • Strengthen the quadriceps and stretch the hamstrings to help treat and prevent jumper’s knee.
  • If you feel any pain, rest the knee joint for a few days to help prevent jumper’s knee.

If you have already developed jumper’s knee, you can gradually return to activities with gentle strengthening and stretching of the knee joint. The Podiatry Institute recommends knee extension exercises to strengthen the quadriceps muscle, and knee flexion to stretch the quadriceps muscle and knee tendon.

FootSmart sells a variety of products used to treat jumper’s knee, including knee braces, knee sleeves, knee straps and other knee supports.

Information on foot, leg and lower body health conditions like jumper’s knee provided by The Podiatry Institute, dedicated to advancing the standard of care in podiatric medicine and its effects on musculoskeletal health.

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