Post # 1
For some reason my left knee hurts really badly lately after I run. It’s cutting my running time down big time! My shoes aren’t too new, but they aren’t that old either. My old shoes used to make me hurt *ahem* in my crotch lol. This knee pain is something totally new…Sometimes I get like a weird spasm too. I was cooking some noodles for my lunch earlier and a weird pain shot through my knee and down my leg. Yeouch.
Now I’m noticing a weird spasm in my left wrist every once in a while too.
Anyone else who runs frequently have this or any tips?
Post # 3
did you have your foot analyzed when you bought new shoes? running stores have machines that tell you what kind of shoe is best for your foot and your stride…that could help a lot.
also, are the treads worn down on your shoes? that can cause knee pain.
Post # 4
I ruined my knees back in the day when I was on the track and field team at school. These days I always have pain in my knees when I run, so I either run wearing a brace or use an elliptical trainer instead.
If you knee is hurting because the fluid sac under your kneecap is inflamed, try massaging under your knee with your fingers. It probably won’t feel too pleasant at first, but it always helps for me. My only other advice is to do some basic physio exercises to strengthen the muscles around your knee.
Post # 5
@kitzy: Yeah they analyzed me. Although I did buy shoes a half size too small they’re stretched out a little now and more comfortable.
@linguo42: I’ll try that, thanks 🙂
Post # 6
Could you have pulled a nerve?
Post # 7
I ran a half marathon three years ago, and it took months for my knees to get back to normal!
When I started running again, I started going faster (running an 8:30 or 9:00 mile instead of the 10 minute mile I’d been doing). I find that my form is better when I’m running as opposed to jogging, and that helps a lot with my knees.
Definitely take ibuprofen beforehand to stop swelling and ice down your knee after you run!!! It sounds like you have plain ol’ runners knee, but maybe see a sports doc just in case.
Post # 8
@bikinihoneymoon: Yeah I noticed this a few weeks after I started running 6-7 miles at a time a couple times a week. I hate taking pain stuff but I guess I need to if I want to run lol.
@Theresa90405: This is possible. Especially since my wrist is having infrequent spasms now too…:(
Post # 9
You don’t remember tweaking your knee at all do you? You could have a minor cartilage tear. When I tore mine I experienced some shooting pain in my knee that was always escalated by activity. After the cartilage repair surgery they found a dis-alignment with my knee and the PT suggested reducing the pain by strengthening the surrounding muscles, like a PP said. I find my pain is best reduced by getting those hard foam cylinders and rolling on the outer side of the leg. A PT can also give this muscle a deep massage, but the rolling cylinder is a lot less painful.
Target has one: Mobility Kit
Post # 10
I’m a certified athletic trainer but I just want to preface this by saying that no one can diagnose you over the internet. With that said, the most common cause of knee pain for runners (in my experience) is known as IT band syndrome – is your pain on the outside (lateral side) of your knee joint or just below your patellar tendon? If so, a foam roller like the one @soonerpsych described can help. Take a break from running (if you can) and take NSAIDs and ice to reduce inflammation. I would definitely recommend seeing a doctor if your pain persists though. I wouldn’t recommend spending money on any over-the-counter braces or orthotics as they often do not actually solve the underlying issue. Also, it’s generally a good idea to buy running shoes a half size larger than you usually wear.
The pain in your wrist sounds unrelated but again, see your doctor if it persists.
Post # 11
Oh man, I’m becoming a kneeologist. I originally thought I had IT band as well, but that wasn’t it, I actually have several issues going on at once. Please, see your doctor about this, the last thing you want is to damage your knees. Your GP can refer you to an orthopedic doc who does knees–it’s all so very specialized these days.
Pain in legs & feet could be referred from other places. Your wrist thing makes me wonder about neck issues.
It may be more than one issue. Until you can see your doc, I’d try icing where it hurts. I have ice packs from Rite Aid that you can wrap around & hold with velcro,
Post # 12
from the holistic approach, arnica gel and traumeel work wonders for my running injuries- when accompanied with rest and stretching. You can get them at a health foods store. Good Luck!!!