There is always a lot of speculation is always around regarding which is best to prevent Osteoarthritis in the hips and knees. There are a few factors to consider apart from the forces applied to the joints themselves. Comparing sports such as soccer, weight-lifting, cross country walking and running brings up interesting results for example that running itself can have less incidence of Osteoarthritis.
There is also the fact that regular running can reduce body weight which can also be helpful in reducing the risk of Osteoarthritis and sometimes leads to an increase in cartilage strength.
So scaremongering about running can sometimes be counterproductive.
A patient’s history in other sports can be useful and also their occupation can be relevant. As repeated squatting at work can lead to problems.
So running can be a very useful form of exercise but can actually be helpful to prevent, rather than cause degeneration of the knees or hips.