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PostPosted: 07/24/03 - 10:45    Post subject: You think I did any damage?
O.K....since my wife and I got back into running I knew it was important for us to go and get fitted for some new shoes. The shoes I have are WAY too cushioned for someone of my size. But I thought while I waited for payday to arrive (tomorrow) we could still use what we have. Just run soft and don't over do it, right? So I have been running in my old shoes for 2 1/2 weeks now.

Well I noticed after Tuesdays run that the area to the inside and underneath of both my knee caps was feeling mighty sore. And I decided right then to not run again until I bought new shoes this Saturday.

But I'm still having pain 2 days later....should I be worried? Or just keep resting them and see how they feel this Saturday?

Thanks......
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PostPosted: 07/25/03 - 16:40    Post subject:
First off, just because you might be a big guy doesn't mean you can't have cushioned shoes. Now, if your running biomechanics dictate that you need more stability or more motion control, then you don't need cushioned shoes.

And yes, rest the knees. Knees are a very tricky and complex part of our anatomy so don't mess around with knee pain.

Do the R.I.C.E. - rest, ice, compression, elevation. Ibuprofen, when in your system, becomes an anti-inflammatory, so if you can handle it, do that too.
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PostPosted: 07/25/03 - 17:32    Post subject:
I was waiting for FLA or jrjo to respond so I can jump in and say:


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PostPosted: 07/25/03 - 21:42    Post subject:
shelflifers wrote:
I was waiting for FLA or jrjo to respond so I can jump in and say:


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She took the words right outta my mouth...
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PostPosted: 07/25/03 - 21:57    Post subject:
That's weird! The little evil icon popped in their on it's own. Da-da-dum-dumm. Shocked
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PostPosted: 07/28/03 - 10:30    Post subject:
Well, the wifey and I bought our new shoes this weekend. After a pretty long consultation with the staff at Fleet Feet, she ended up in a pair of Mizuno Wave Mustangs and me in the NB 855.

So we did a short run on Saturday (for us that's about a mile and a 1/2) Everything felt really good exept for my left knee. Still bothering me just to the left of the knee cap. It's really frustrating. I need to be running and preparing for this race in September but I'm worried it just won't "go away" if I run through it. So I have been icing it down, elevating it and doubleing up on the glucosamine and taking ibuprofen. I'm hoping this helps........

Anyway, other than that it felt good to be in the right shoes......only 40 days to go till my first race. Dancing Banana
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PostPosted: 07/28/03 - 15:22    Post subject:
Glad to hear you guys got the new shoes and are feeling better, RT.

A question about your knee pain, though. You said it's on your left knee, just to the left of the knee cap. Does that mean it hurts on the outside part of your knee? If so, it could be the dreaded IT band syndrome. Which I hope fervently it's not, because it's no fun.

Here's a good way to check for that:

Sit on the floor with your legs straight out in front of you. Place your fingers to the outside and a little above your knees. (Kinda where that little depression is created by the end of your quad muscles.) Point your fingers down toward the ground and gently palpate the area in a vertical motion.

If you feel a cord that feels somewhat flat, then you should be fine. If, on the other hand, that cord feels like a pencil in your leg, your IT band could be tight and stretching is immediately called for.

Of course, it should be noted that stretching should be a regular part of your running routine whether your IT band is tight or not.
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PostPosted: 07/28/03 - 23:09    Post subject:
sounds more like runner's knee to me....but pretty hard to diagnose over the net...

i'd keep pumping the advil (or aleve) and ice...and when it feels better try a short and slow 2-3 miles for a couple of days before proceding...if the pain doesn't go away with rest or returns after the short easy runs...I'd try to schedule an appointment with a good podiatrist (hopefully one who runs)...

good luck...

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PostPosted: 07/29/03 - 09:10    Post subject:
megawill wrote:
sounds more like runner's knee to me....but pretty hard to diagnose over the net...

i'd keep pumping the advil (or aleve) and ice...and when it feels better try a short and slow 2-3 miles for a couple of days before proceding...if the pain doesn't go away with rest or returns after the short easy runs...I'd try to schedule an appointment with a good podiatrist (hopefully one who runs)...

good luck...

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And, you would rather have runner's knee....however, do check what flarunner said, because if it is IT Band, you don't want to screw with that!
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PostPosted: 07/29/03 - 11:43    Post subject:
O.K...I checked for the IT band. I'm not an expert but I really didn't feel anything. So maybe that's good.

The wife and I had a really good run last night. 2 miles....walked about 25% of it. But that's better than a month ago when I had trouble making it 100 yards.

The left knee was still a little bothersome but less so. Now today they are both pretty sore. I have been taking ibuprofen and iced them last night.

I really think it has more to do with my weight than my knees themselves. Like I was telling Shelf, I have dropped 15 lbs over the last month (235-220) and I think when I get down to my fighting weight (about 175-180) they will be less pissed at me the day after a run. Razz
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