(Closed) Anyone on here have knee issues/problems yet still run?

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
1920 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

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
337 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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 # 6
4465 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

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 # 9
954 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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
2565 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

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
662 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

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
300 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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
340 posts
Helper bee

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
2697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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
11167 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

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
106 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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.

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