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Knee problems w5 r3

I've got as far as this but don't know whether to continue. I'm fine when I'm running however the next day my knee is really stiff and if I have to turn I get pain in my inside leg by my right knee. It's been like this since I started running and I had issues with the same area when I cycle. I have a horrible feeling it's the meniscus but because it doesn't really cause issues when I run I've ignored it. I haven been to the docs because the general advice seems to be to stop running. I've decided to take a week off, besides its going to be artic this coming week. I run like a tortoise and run on grass and Tarmac. Should I join a gym and use a treadmill or just give up? I feel so proud of myself for getting this far and was surprised I managed the twenty minute run no problems. I don't want to lose the fitness I've gained so far. When I started, running for a minute was a challenge and I'd be gutted to stop now. The plan is to be able to run 5k comfortably then up my speed so by June when I go on holiday I'm fitter if not slimmer as well. I hate dieting I'd rather keep fit. Advice?

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The pain is in the right place for the meniscus but that really is just guessing. I would go to the doc and also see if you can get a physio referral. Failing that go to a sport physio anyway. Even if it is the meniscus that doesn't mean the end of running.

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I don't think you guessing is helpful and I think me guessing is going to be even less use. Go see a professional who can give you proper advice.

Hope you are ok

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Ha ha of course you're right but I like to procrastinate before a docs visit 😏🤔

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We are not medical experts, so initially. maybe a Sports Physio should be the first port pf call :)

They often have a very good idea of what is going on :) I love my guy... ( only because he keeps me running).

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Have you got decent footwear? I only ask as I get achey stiff knees a bit after a run, but since I got decent trainers it’s definiteky not as bad...

I hope it’s just a temporary glitch for you!

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All of the above, but it is possible to keep impact minimal by keeping stride short, so footfall is under body, avoid heelstriking and just running slowly.

Are your shoes proper running shoes fitted after a gait analysis done at a specialist running shop, if not they may be contributing.

There are knee strengthening exercises here nhs.uk/Livewell/c25k/Pages/... which may help.

There are seemingly a growing number of GPs who appreciate the advantages of running, so it is not inevitable that you will be told to stop.

Don't give up without exploring all the possibilities.

Good luck.

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