Chondromalacia  patella is pain that occurs at the front and center of the knee.

  • Also known as ‘Anterior knee Pain’
  • Runner’s knee (sometimes called patellar tendinitis)


Anterior knee pain begins when the kneecap does not move properly and rubs against the lower part of the thigh bone. This may occur because:

The kneecap is in an abnormal position (also called poor alignment of the patellofemoral joint)

There is tightness or weakness of the muscles on the front and back of your thigh

You are doing too much activity that places extra stress on the kneecap (such as running, jumping or twisting, skiing, or playing soccer)

You have flat feet

People who are overweight

People who have had a dislocation, fracture, or other injury to the kneecap

Runners, jumpers, skiers, bicyclists, and soccer players who exercise often

Teenagers and healthy young adults, more often girls


Anterior knee pain is a dull, aching pain that is most often felt:

Behind the kneecap (patella)

Below the kneecap

On the sides of the kneecap


Treatments or self-care for anterior knee pain

Changing the way you EXCERSIE


Learning and performing exercises to both strengthen and stretch the quadriceps and hamstring muscles

Losing weight (if you need to)

Special shoe inserts and support devices (orthotics — for people with flat feet)

Taping to realign the kneecap

Wearing the correct running or sports shoes

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