Post # 1
I’m not a runner by nature but I used to do some 5ks (afte I worked up to it). I would LOVE to start again (just run/walk if nothing else) but have had knee issues. If I take it slow, I’m alright for awhile. I know it sounds dumb to even consider this but I feel like running is the best for toning legs (at least for me) and losing a bit of weight (i’m more looking to tone up and sweat). Just wondering if any ladies on here run but have knee issues and what you do to allow yourself to continue running.
Post # 3
I have knee problems and still run. I have been to a physiotherapist to get strengthening exercises to improve my knee, I wear a brace while running and I ice after running. It works for me and allows me to stay active.
If you havent already gotten your knee checked out I would suggest you do that first. Depending on the issue, continuing running might be just fine or could be causing damage.
Post # 4
My knees always ache when Im running. They have ever since I was in high school. Which sucked because I had a gym class specifically for running, so I would put icy hot on them everyday for class. After a while it actually started going away. Now Im getting into running a bit more and its starting to hurt again. But I have found that shoes and surfaces make a difference. When I run on a treadmill its not as bad as running on concrete.
Post # 5
@PuntaCanaBride: Thanks. I did see a orthopedic doc a few years ago and he told me not to run actually, and just bike, which I don’t like at all (boring, to me). I used to dance my whole life and I love zumba but just have a hard time getting out of the house and going to classes. I thought that since other people with knee injuries still run, that maybe I could if I did other things. Maybe it is time to go back to the doc and see what they say. I believe I have pes anserinus bursitis. I was told this by one doc and another one told me something else, that’s why I wasn’t sure if I could really run if careful or not.
Post # 6
I am missing a lot (all?) the cartilage in my right knee. Confirmed by MRI/knee doctor. I run marathons. The doctor told me I could keep running until my knee gets too bad, which will be eventually and I’ll need surgery. Physical therapy was a LIFESAVER. My knee never hurts anymore.
Definitely get checked out for your knee issues, and get PT if you need it.
Post # 7
@stephko99: That’s what I plan to do…run on our treadmill. I really hope I can do it again. 🙁
Post # 8
@hotchildinthecity: I totally forgot about PT. I was supposed to do that years ago and started but stopped. I am just remembering all this as I posted this.
Thanks so much ladies for your input!
Post # 9
You’ll be able to run! Most people have some chronic issue that develops when they run a lot. I had ITBS for four months, and for years I have had problematic calves that ache like crazy. I do strengthening, ice, etc., but the best thing that worked for me was really building mileage gradually and working on flexibility.
If you work on the flexibility around your joints and also on the strength of the muscles around them, it will take some of the load off of them and really help. Good luck!
Post # 10
I get a twinge here or there in the knee, but this week I got major shin pain. Something I haven’t had since I first started to run four years ago. Kind of weird, but also concerning me as I have another half marathon in less than two months.
Post # 11
I’m so jealous to read all of these comments by Bees who can still run with knee issues. Both of my knees are so torn up from dance when I was younger and an undiagnosed connective tissue disorder that I can’t run. I’ve had numerous knee surgeries and nothing seems to help. I’ve had to switch to rollerblading and even that causes a lot of pain and swelling.
Post # 12
I have one knee that’s been troublesome since a ski accident I had when I was younger, but I still run 25-30 miles a week. I try to run on grass/dirt more than the sidewalk or road, which helps a lot. Also remembering to stretch, ice, and rest helps too. If it’s feeling really bad I’ll do the elliptical for a few days to give it a break without losing the conditioning.
Post # 13
Yes! I have had two knee surgeries and I run with a limp, but still do runs. The most I have done is a 10k, but doing Hood to Coast in 20 days and I haven’t trained much for it so I am going to get my butt on the trails and start running. I completely agree that it helps me stay the most toned and lose weight. It is good cardio and I love being able to run outside rather than a tredmile. It is very therapedic.
Post # 14
I have patella problems. Weight lifting is super important. If the muscles surrounding your knees aren’t taking some off the heat off the cartilage, then your knees will only get worse.
Post # 15
I have a knee that like hotchildinthecity is missing quite a bit of cartilage thanks to several volleyball injuries in my younger years. I actually quit playing for a few years because of the pain. There are days that running doesn’t cause any pain and others when I absolutely miserable. It really puts me off running to be in such discomfort afterwards and that discomfort can greatly outweigh the benifits for me.
I noticed that running in the street versus the sidewalk did help somewhat as the black top absorbs more of the impact and is more forgiving.
Best of luck on your runs and I hope that you can find some relief.
Post # 16
Ally of advice will depend on what kind of knee problem. I have a completely torn PCL and ran for a few years with it before it got so bad I needed surgery. Even now after surgery I am back to running. I recommend going to a good running store and getting a good pair of shoes. Talk to them and tell them your issues and they can fit you with a good pair of sneakers. Try to avoid foot locker or whatever, you want a running specialist, not some high school kid looking to make a few bucks. You also want to strengthen your knee muscles to help protect it. But it is possible.