A few weeks ago, I noticed while training for a half marathon (Jan) that I was having some knee pain. Not too tramatic, but to the point that I couldnt lift my heel up to my butt after a long run (sometimes). Not all the time this happened. It was like the allignment was off. I was soo upset. This is my first marathon, and I am determined. I have been searching the internet and asking tons of people about it. It is the inside of my knee cap muscle that is sore. No major swelling or anything. I was also having some hip issues on the opposite side (left) and I figured that I was compensating for that. I got new shoes and was experimenting with different socks. All to no real answer and solution.
I took a week off (it sucked) and I iced, and rested the knee. I finally got back on the treadmill and it was okay, sore. Yes I know its not as good as being outside, but I had to do something. Then this last Tuesday I did 6 miles and it was ok. It is not as sore during my run, as after. I was attempting to pay attention to my style of running and noticing any that may help. I do run mostly on the sidewalk, and sometimes have to go up and down with the street turns. I also notice that after about mile 5 I "pound" the ground. I am not as graceful. I dont really do the heel to toe kind of run, it is more a flat foot pound. - could this be an issue.
Anyway, to get to the point... I have been looking around for a brace, to support my knee. I am a small person 5'1 104. I have a small knee. I can not find a support brace that is small enough for my knee that will be a tight fit to support. I have tried all my local drug stores. Nothing works. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions?? I am also going to see my Dr in the morning just to make sure, and so I can have a piece of mind knowing that something is either there or not. However I will be beside myself if there is.
Thanks for the help, and happy running.
Take a look at Running Injury Asking a Better Question - Socratic Method. The article does not specifically address knee problems, but discusses whether asking questions about knee braces is the best question to be asking. Also take a look at Knee Pain: Treatment based on individual evidence. This article does discuss different classifications of knee pain, some classifications of knee problems a knee brace is indicated, and some knee problems a knee brace is not indicated.
Damien Howell PT, DPT, OCS - www.damienhowellpt.com
Chiropractor for knee adjustment works for me. Ice bath after each run for 10 minutes:
Do leg exercises with rubber tubing to build up knee and leg strength.