Any tips for knee pain from running.

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I'm 43 and a runner, it was bound to happen. I am not carrying any extra weight (BMI 19) but my knees which never bothered me hurt after long runs (5-15 miles) It's hard for me to use the stairs the day after a 10 plus mile run. I have stopped for the season. I only do HiiT treadmill workouts (30 min-3 miles or so...). They still feel sore and weak. They ache when I sit too long.  Any tips? I have iced them, elevated, etc...

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    Hi Ellen 

    I’m not sure about tips but ...

    I ran my entire life - up to age 55  and it destroyed my knees . I did long miles , lot of half marathons . 

    Anyway 18 months ago had a partial knee replacement . The other knee probably won’t need one . My best advice is if you can’t yet give up the running ( I get it!!) cross train because you are working different muscles . Also cut down on the long runs . ( meaning nothing more than 3 at a time ). Also Ice and elevate .

    All the best !


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      Thanks Debbie! I know I have to stop the long runs sad 

      I’m hoping if I lay low for a couple of months I can do a half marathon in March.  I have been lifting weights for the past 2/3 months to get stronger, I’ll focus on that this winter. Happy holidays!

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     Ask you doc for X-ray to catch the issue early. That's what I did not do at first. Later found out a torn miniscus in both knees. 

    Therapy can help knee braces when running , shoes and arch support and core muscle strength all helped get me on track. There are other treatments to improve knee strength just depends on the status of your knees.

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    You need a sports medicine ortho asap. He will probably need to order Xrays, MRI etc so he can properly evaluate. Continuing to be involved in any type impact activity will only add to your woes. Switch to swimming if you can. Bad knees just don't heal themselves. They need proper diagnosis and evaluation then treatment. However, I suspect arthritis is probably the culprit.

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      Thanks. My husband told me to get it checked too. I have been hesitant because I don't have the swelling he had when he had a tear in his meniscus. It may be something else though.

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