In the past several weeks I have ran approx 3 times per week only about 5-7K each time, and that, on a treadmill.
Last week I started getting knee pain predominantly in my right knee on the front only (knee cap) and then sometimes in the lower leg shin.
I did a fair bit of walking (due to the lovely weather) to and from work over the past few days in decent shoes and the pains become discomforting to the point it's been keeping me awake at night.
I saw a (extremely young) physio for a "free 15 min consultation" and he said its not joint related but the muscle from the right knee to the thigh has tightened over time and this is causing the pain and lower back pan (i also have been getting that). I was relieved. He suggested stretching twice a day, easing off the running and practical shoes when walking. He also said I could use an icepack and gave me biofreeze gel.
I just wanted to know from you runners whether the above advice sounds correct? Or should i be looking to see a specialist sports physio or anyone else?
RunWales - about 1-2 years ago, I got all serious and went to a specialist running shop, did a gait test, purchased some fancy Asics...and whoosh, bang, shin splint and out of action for some weeks. Thankfully the manager was kind enough to take them back at no cost and outside of the 28 day return period.
I went back to my Nike Air Max which have served me faithfully (I just order the same type) since 1999 in all cardio activity.
How did folk undertake distance running decades ago, before we got all techie with running shoes and the advent of specialist running shops...and then, those countries which are considered to be in poorer than us but who produce brilliant distance runners who possibly couldnt have had the technical running shoes we are sold in shops today when they started out.