I frequently run, both outdoors and on treadmills, often around 3-6 miles. This feels great, both during and after. However, for about two years now my knees have been bothering me: a sort of mild pain around my kneecap plagues me whenever I stand for extended periods of time. This is problematic during e.g. my work (in a lab) or during cooking. I have really come to hate it.

On top of this the tendon above my kneecap sometimes seemingly 'catches' and snaps into place when bending my knees more than 90 degrees, though this is painless.

I am 22 years old and very fit and healthy apart from this. I have stretched and foam rolled the shit out of my quadriceps, hamstrings and calves but this does not rid me of my pain.

Advice/experiences/comments would be greatly appreciated.

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    Sorry, but we cannot diagnose you over the internet. Please see a doctor.
    – Alec
    Jan 25, 2017 at 11:37
  • I have been to a physiotherapist, and her diagnosis and treatment has not helped me. Nonetheless,I will probably visit one again soon. In the mean time, this thread can help me, or at least do more good than bad. I do not expect professional diagnosis or expert advice, just some personal experiences and thoughts. Jan 25, 2017 at 11:53
  • Alec is right. How can you be sure that any advice you receive is not contraindicated for your particular situation?
    – rrirower
    Jan 25, 2017 at 15:31
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    This is some bs and you guys now it. I looked in both your post histories and you have made several posts wherein you give advice that is of medical/therapeutical nature, so you are both hypocrites. How are both your comments helping anyone? Jan 25, 2017 at 15:46
  • Do you lock your knees when you stand? Jan 26, 2017 at 7:01

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Like the comments, it's impossible to say exactly what is happening over the internet, but, you're also asking for experience, and here is mine:
It could be that your knees just aren't used to standing. I used to sit down for long periods of the day (I was young and very fond of playstation), and one summer I got a job in a shop where I was standing most of the day - obviously, because my knees/legs weren't used to this, it gave me some trouble to begin with, but after some time it corrected itself, as my body got used to prolonged standing.

Also, you might want to check out this:
Why does standing for too long make knees sore?

As well as this:

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