Sore knee

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Hello, I have had a sore knee now for a couple of weeks. It settles down if I don't go running but as I am training for a marathon I can't stay away from training for two long. It's my right leg and its hurts on the top of the knee cap towards the left. Any ideas what this could be? Thanks

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    It could be a number of things, including your hip, you need to go DR's and get it checked out because you could be making a small issue into a major issue, I can't say stop running because its what you do but its not going to help

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      Thanks very much, it doesn't feel like it's my hip and I can't see any swelling in my knee cap 😩 I feel like I live at the doctors at the moment as I also have something wrong with my foot 😢 That also hurts down one side when I run, doctor said its just fatty muscle.

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    you need to go see you doctor about it, running will definitely exacerbate the problem and you don't have muscle at the side of the foot


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      Thanks very much, at first they thought it was to do with my tendon in my foot and also said it could be a stress fracture but the X-ray came back clear, so they said it was the fatty muscle down the side of my foot ????
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    You want to keep running, with an injury? Can't say that is very smart but hey, it's your body. Pain is a warning. Decide if running is more important than perhaps, walking, because that's what you are risking. Long term mobility. Go see a Specialist. Do some research and cease running for a short time. It's not the end. Just a change. Good luck from a runner/boxer who paid the price of ignoring injury.

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  • Posted have a knee problem.  Go see an orthopedist and get the imaging studies done.  Or...

    Continue training, run your marathon and risk doing more damage.

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    Thanks. Any idea what it could be, it hurts whilst running or doing any exercise, but if I stop and rest the pain goes away???
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      In years gone by, I had four knee scopes (two each side) years apart.  In all cases, imaging (x-ray and MRI) were inconclusive.  The only choice is an go in to see what's going on.  Two torn menisci and two ripped-off femoral condyle cartilages. That left me with very little cartilage inside my knee.

      Once the arthritis grew worse, I got Synvisc injections which helped me for at least a decade.  Moving from NJ to the warmth of Texas meant that I could do without the Synvisc, but at age 67 it got to where I needed more help.  Unfortunately, my only remaining option was the TKR.  It's the end of the line, the last round up, land's end.  You really don't want to go there a second before you absolutely need to.  All of my issues (including a hip replacement and fused L3-S1) are the result of 45 years playing hockey.  High contact sports take their toll sooner or later.

      In your case, it could be as simple as a torn meniscus or more complicated involving other ligaments or tendons.  No telling...and the imaging might also be inconclusive.  If it is, the doc will want to scope you.  Simple.  However, what he finds and fixes inside could mean a short or extensive recovery depending on the problem.

      It all starts with an ortho visit and imaging followed by a definitive diagnosis or a scope if the doc can't see anything clearly.  Unbelievably, this is NOT science but actually the art of interpreting "shadows", dark, light and everywhere in between, on x-ray and MRI images.  Sometimes, it's clear what's wrong, other times, not so much.

      So...visit, images.  Gotta start somewhere. Everything else is just pure speculation.  Good luck...


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      "The symptoms of runner's knee include pain near the knee cap usually at the medial (inner) portion and below it."

      If this is you...

      "At an early stage, running should be decreased to lessen stress to this area and allow healing to begin. It is important to avoid downhill running which stresses the patello-femoral complex."

      Quick fix...

      "Orthotics can be a great assist in the therapy of patellofemoral pain syndrome and patellofemoral dysfunction."

      If this is really you, recommended treatment...

      - Rest or Relative Rest: Run Less Now!

      - Avoid exercises or activities that require your knees to be bent

      - Avoid running

      - Avoid walking downhill, downstairs or down inclines

      - Do posterior muscle stretches (hamstrings and calf muscles)

      - Do Straight Leg Lifts (Start with 3 sets of 10, work up to 10 sets of 10)

      - Supine bridges 10-15, Later single leg bridges 8-12

      - Check Your Feet and Shoes, overpronation often contributes to this problem

      - Consider More Stable Shoes (with better anti-pronation features)

      - Orthotics If Needed (OTC or Custom)

      My daughter is a graduate nutritionist and an ACSM- and ACE-certified trainer for 16 years.  She designs all my surgery rehab routines (hip, knee, back, shoulder) plus regular workouts.  If you do the leg lifts, I know she'll recommend light weights and more reps initially...endurance before strength.  If you feel any pain at all, less weight.  If you still feel pain at very small loads, STOP!!!

      That's just stuff off the web.  Personally...STOP RUNNING!!!  It's only making it worse and can lead to you actually ripping or tearing something.  Do a marathon at your own risk.  Is it worth real, long-term damage to your knee?

      I'd go see an ortho ASAP.  Get some images and tell him what you're doing.  Follow his advice.  Why listen to an old hockey player on the Net...


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