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1344 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Dec 23, 2010 11:59 AM by arobert290 RSS
arobert290 Rookie 3 posts since
Oct 2, 2008
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Dec 20, 2010 1:59 PM

Need advice for knee pain

I have been running for the past 3 years approximately 15-20 miles a week up until June when I started training for a marathon. Everything has been good up until around 3 weeks ago after I ran a half marathon the first week of Dec. My mileage was up to 27 miles a week and I noticed my right knee was extremely sore and stiff. It is tender to the touch on the inside almost going around to the back of the knee. The pain starts usually about mile 8 and just basically feels "stiff" while running. After I sit down for a while I can hardly straighten it out and it's painful to walk until it loosens up. Haven't noticed any swelling at all. I have one leg that is an inch shorter due to a fractured femur as a teenager. This is the same leg. I run with a lift inside my shoe and my shoes have about 280 miles on them. I am thinking that I need to replace the lift and get new shoes and maybe this is what is causing it as my legs have hurt before and when I got new shoes it helped. My knee, however, has never been this tender esp to touch. Any thoughts? I don't want to slack off too much because I am afraid I won't be able to finish the marathon if I don't get my mileage up. At the present time I am running 4-6-4 then 12 or 14 for my long runs.

  • coolbikermom Legend 418 posts since
    Jan 25, 2010
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    1. Dec 22, 2010 1:00 PM (in response to arobert290)
    Re: Need advice for knee pain

    arobert, I'm sorry I can't tell you what is happening. But I can tell you if it were me, I'd go see a doctor, or a sports medicine specialist and have them diagnose it. In light of your leg shortage due to an earlier fracture, there might be something mechanical going on they would need to analyze. I'd rather know for sure what is happening, and that way you can devise a plan to try to keep on your schedule for training if possible. Otherwise, maybe one of the physical therapists who frequent this board will have a suggestion about what it might be.

     

    Good luck!





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  • ashleyfaught Rookie 5 posts since
    Dec 22, 2010
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    2. Dec 22, 2010 1:09 PM (in response to arobert290)
    Re: Need advice for knee pain

    sounds like you have a tear in your meniscus I would get it seen about before I ran again!

  • coolbikermom Legend 418 posts since
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    3. Dec 22, 2010 1:15 PM (in response to coolbikermom)
    Re: Need advice for knee pain

    It could also be something simple like runner's knee. The treatment for that is leg strengthening exercises. Again, though, I'd see a doctor or specialist to know how to treat it best.





    C25k dropout

    Rock the Parkway 5k 3/27/10  37:40.6

    Mother's Day 5k  5/9/10  33:19

    Walk/Run for Isaiah 9/18/10 4.4k 37:26

    Harvest Moon 10k 10/23/10  1:08.50

    Great Santa 5k 12/5/10 33:22

    Carlsbad half marathon 1/23/11

    "Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." ~Albert Einstein

  • Damien Howell Legend 308 posts since
    Feb 27, 2008
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    4. Dec 23, 2010 7:43 AM (in response to arobert290)
    Re: Need advice for knee pain

    The history of previous fracture in femur and short leg is important.  Make sure the lift you are using is the correct height.  If there is a 1" difference in length of legs, putting a lift greater than 1/2" in shoe to account for the difference is risky.  Putting a lift "in" shoe raises your foot out of the shoe, resulting in poor control of motion.  If a lift of greater than a 1/2" is required to equalize leg length I recommend finding a good shoe repair person to put the lift "on" the shoe.  If you need help analyizing thisgo to Find a PT.

    Damien Howell PT, DPT, OCS - www.damienhowellpt.com 

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