I've had a problem with my right knee for some time. Its on the outside of the knee, slightly below my knee cap. It comes on about 3 miles into my run and then hurts when I bend the knee so I have to stop. The pain immediately goes when I walk but comes back as soon as I try to run again. It sometimes swells a bit if I push it too much and it hurts for a few days after, particularly going downstairs.
I've been to a physio and she said there were no problems with cartilage/ligaments and wasn't sure what it was so suggested strengthening my inner quads and getting some insoles as I have quite flat feet. I've been doing the exercises religiously and got some insoles but it hasn't seemed to help. I've also been using a foam roller and doing ITB stretches, doing things like body pump and pilates to try and improve my general strength. I had been building up training very gradually to run a marathon in may, I ran 2 half marathons at the end of last year very comfortably and hadn't really upped my training since then, but the problem started in late January.
Please can you recommend anything at all? I'm desperate to get back to running. I've now had to pull out of the Edinburgh marathon which I was really looking forward to.
I also have one spare place going for the Edinburgh Marathon this year. Gutted as my injury just won't shift, and that GSI events don't defer entries! Selling at face value plus there is a £10 transfer fee from money grabbing GSI events. Let me know if your interested and I'll send you an email.