I have been running regularly for a few years, and have completed a few 10ks. I am currently running 5-6 miles, 2-3 times a week, in training for 3 10ks (march, early june and late june). I am also training for a long walk in mid July (62 miles in under 30 hours), so some of my easy runs will have to be replaced by walks. I am generally training every other day (walking or running), so as not to burn myself out. I wear walking boots for the walking, and obviously running shoes for my runs. Since I started my walking training in January (on tarmac or grass), I have been getting a pain in the back of my left knee, at the joint, usually after about 8 miles; by 13 miles it is quite sore and makes me limp. I doubt I could walk more than 15-20 miles at the moment. There does not appear to be a swelling so I guess it is not a Baker's cyst. It also hurts when I bend my knee fully (to make my heel touch my buttock). For 2-3 days after the walk it feels tight behind the knee, then eases off and feels more or less ok, unil the next 12 mile walk. Curiously, on occasions when I have walked a few miles, felt the pain develop, and then ran the last few miles, it appears to hurt less during the running part than the walking part. Also, the pain does not really develop much on my 5-6 mile runs. I am 41, not overweight, and fit, though my knees have been a bit dodgy for years since bashing them in 5-aside football in my early 20s (they grind and click alot and I often get mild pain in both of them whilst training, usually on the outside and inside; a physio once reckoned i might well have damaged cartilage)
Is my rear knee pain likely to be a tendon problem? - ie. where the hamstring tendons enter the back of the knee joint? Note that on my last but one walk, the pain was towards the right side of the back of the knee joint, but after my last walk, it had shifted to the centre-left side?
Any help/advice gratefully received
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