Sore knee- what should I do?

Worse after sitting or going down stairs

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07/12/2009 at 18:01

I started running again in August, mostly on the pavements around the streets where I live. I realise that this is not the best of surfaces to be training on. I started noticing a twinge in one of my knees a couple of weeks ago, and it was aggravated when I did my first race in 4 years, a 6k.

It's not a severe pain, sort of a dull ache. It's worst if I've been sitting for a while and get up. Also, walking down stairs is very uncomfortable. I feel it at the back of my knee and on the knee cap.
Besides the obvious, resting the knee a bit, and finding a better surface to run on, I suspect I need to do some exercises to strengthen my quads and hamstrings.

I would be grateful for any advice, because I really enjoy running now!

07/12/2009 at 21:21

Moomoo, google patellofemoral pain and see if your knee symptoms are similar.

Kneecap pain can be maltracking, so might need to work on balancing the action of the quads. In an ideal world the medial quad (medialis) should fire slightly before the bigger vastus lateralis on the outside of the thigh.

Exercises such as straight leg raises, adductor work and squats / lungers will strengthen the necessary areas.

07/12/2009 at 21:47

I'm no expert, but this sounds very familiar to my knees - not so much the position of the pain, but the worsening of symptoms when going downstairs and after sitting for a while.

Have a read of this

Hope that helps!

08/12/2009 at 10:51
Many thanks Siance and Sarah!
Sarah- the article answers a lot of questions, as indicated by Siance.
I will definitely work on the exercises, and include swimming.
Also- the article mentions getting support for a high arch, I might look into that. Otherwise, I have a neutral gait.

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