I have been running now for almost 18 months, I have done quite a few events including a couple of 10k, and am aiming to increase to 10miles for a March 2018 event to celebrate my 61st birthday.
Over the past couple of weeks I have noticed a niggle in my knee. It mends after a couple of rest days so hasn’t stopped me running but is pretty consistent post run.
So I decided I would see a physio who specialises in running issues and thought better sooner than later. I am so glad I did.
He was very thorough, did a very full assessment. The good news is he said I have a very good range of movement, have good core strength ( I was amazed but pleased at that), and there is no obvious joint problems, so I have everything I need to run. Clearly the running, stretching, yoga and Pilates isn’t doing any harm,
The not so good news is that he found my less than good technique puts added pressure on to my knees. I over pronate and my support shoes are doing a pretty good job in guarding against it but I need to do more myself. So I have a set of exercises which I have been following to the letter. And I need to focus, focus, focus on technique. I have taken a week off all running, and will see him again this week to further review. We will also decide if my shoes need more support.
I am delighted with the outcome, and already can feel an improvement. But won’t know for sure that things are better until I begin running again. I am however feeling pretty confident that with his help I will continue to be a runner and will get to that 10 mile distance, slow and steady.
So for anyone who has ongoing knee pain, please do not run through it. Seek advice at an early stage. The injury couch is not a good place to be.