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2005/08/04 16:19:32 (permalink)
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Burning in knee when running?

Recently during any runs over the last 2 weeks I've been getting a painful burning sensation in my left knee when running. I don’t know what’s caused it but its severely hindering my training for the upcoming Cardiff marathon.
Its quite an intense burning sensation in the inside front of the knee-cap. I haven’t a clue what it is and what caused it, but really need to get past it ASAP or its gonna screw everything up for me.

I have been running in 4yr old Asics trainers, so went out and bought a brand new pair of Gel 1100’s on the weekend. Hopefully this will go some way to overcoming the problem. I run almost exclusively on the roadside and canal/cycle-tracks so it could be an impact injury perhaps? Or something more serious?

I don’t want to have to rest it for any number of weeks if i can help it, so other than upgrading my footwear is there anything I can do to overcome this problem? I have a full gym membership so are there any exercises or things I can do in a gym to help the problem?

Any info on diagnosis/recovery is greatly appreciated.

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    footdee
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    RE: Burning in knee when running? 2005/08/04 16:21:58 (permalink)
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    REST IT!! Or you might do yourself a mischief and make it 10x worse!

    Then set off in your new trainers
    post edited by footdee - 2005/08/04 16:22:52
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    RE: Burning in knee when running? 2005/08/04 16:50:58 (permalink)
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    Stop running and get icepacks on the knee every day in the evening to reduce the inflammation. You may have to interrupt your marathon training because of this.

    And I know this may seem heretical, but you can continue to train for to keep your aerobic fitness by cross-trainer, stepper and running machine (I have a colleague who trained for the London marathon almost exclusively like this and accomplished a sub 3:20 time- he may of been road running once or twice, tops).

    Rule of thumb is stop running until the pain subsides completely then wait another two days before going out again. Build things up slowly and remember, you can use non-impact and low impact methods like those listed above to fill in the gaps.
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    RE: Burning in knee when running? 2005/08/04 17:07:58 (permalink)
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    RedDragon, you've got a good bit of time before Cardiff haven't you? What's your weekly mileage been like, did you increase it dramatically? I remember you did that 21 mile run recently but I can't remeber when that was. Anyway hope you feel better soon, I know it's very frustrating but running through it isn't a good idea though tempting!
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    RedDragon
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    RE: Burning in knee when running? 2005/08/05 11:52:34 (permalink)
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    Thanks for the replies.

    footdee: yeah, the Cardiff marathon is Oct 9th so i've got about 8-9 weeks left. I did start to up my mileage to about 45M per week which is a big step up from my recreational norm of around 20M. In hindsight that was probably a really bad move :(

    I put ice on my knee last night and its really sore and tender this morning. Gonna keep it iced up for a bit longer tonight and give running a miss entirely next week (thing is i have two football matches in the next four days!). Will hit the gym next week and do some weights and cross-training rather than running. Will a weeks rest be enough?

    Just itching to get back out on the road now....:(
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    RE: Burning in knee when running? 2005/08/05 12:10:27 (permalink)
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    It'll take as long as it takes which I know is a very unsatisfactory answer! See how it feels in a week or so. My legs seemed to take a very long time to get used to higher mileages; while my lungs were saying yes my legs were saying no. Your body has given you a warning, ignore it at your peril!!
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    RE: Burning in knee when running? 2005/08/05 12:12:21 (permalink)
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    Use that no pain plus 2 day rule from my previous post. And believe me, I know enforced rest is almost as painful as the injury.

    I have had a niggle in my left knee and tried to sneak back to running before the thing settled down and it has dogged me for weeks. If I had bitten the bullet and rested it straight off I am sure I would be on the track this week instead of being sidelined for this week and maybe the next two (doh! why is it so difficult to practise what you preach!!)

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    RE: Burning in knee when running? 2005/08/07 19:00:19 (permalink)
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    Well ive resisted running all weekend but im confused as to why I can play a football match without any problems whatsoever. Played a full 90mins yesterday and my knee didn't bother me in the sligtest. It doesnt hurt either while walking etc (in fact walking on it seems to make things better if anything) so why does running have such an impact?

    Im itching to get back out on the run - i've only taken 4 days off so far and its driving me nuts already!
    Ive got another match Monday and then off to the gym tuesday morning (will do cross-trainer, bike and some weights though - should be OK yeah?), then i've got football training Weds so should be able to give it a weeks rest without too many problems. Ideally i'd like to give it complete rest but that just isn't viable :(

    How come football doesn't hurt though?
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    RE: Burning in knee when running? 2005/08/07 19:16:26 (permalink)
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    Could be footwear, and running on grass is lower impact, so puts your knee under less strain, try running on grass, if that doesn't fix it, try running on grass with footy boots on, see if it works.
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    RE: Burning in knee when running? 2005/08/11 11:18:33 (permalink)
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    Some good suggestions there sillynarbie, i may go and do some laps of the park in my runners in the morning and see how that goes...

    I hit the gym this morning, doing 30Mins on the bike, 20mins cross-trainer, 10mins Rowing and about 30-40mins on various weights, including leg curls etc to strengthen my quads, calf muscles etc etc. Didnt go near the treadmill for obvious reasons. I had no pain or reaction to any of this work, although my left (bad) knee felt ‘hotter’ to the touch than my right (good) knee – should I read anything into this?
    I also decided to wear my new running shoes to help ‘break them in’ so when i do next go running they will be a cleaner fit – was this a good idea or should i only ever use these trainers when road-running?

    I’m almost scared to get back out on the road now having taken a full week off. I’m itching to run but really don’t wanna hurt anything again and waste what has been a very frustrating week for me!

    Any advice on the above and where to go now is welcomed.
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    RE: Burning in knee when running? 2005/08/23 12:24:34 (permalink)
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    Went out for my first run back yesterday. Did a meagre 5miles but it felt OK. Didnt want to overdo it, so i'll gradually up the mileage in the coming weeks now and hopefully things will be OK!
    Will be careful not to up things too quickly....
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    RE: Burning in knee when running? 2005/08/23 21:21:02 (permalink)
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    Good to hear...so no pain now?

    How long did it take you to do the 5 miles?

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    RE: Burning in knee when running? 2005/08/24 00:13:02 (permalink)
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    i didnt want to push it too hard so took me about ~40mins. could have done it much quicker were it no for this knee, but im just relieved to be back out running again!
    Gonna try upping the mileage now in the coming weeks
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    RE: Burning in knee when running? 2005/08/24 14:09:04 (permalink)
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    in what timescale did you go from 20-45m? ive had knee injuries twice and both times im pretty sure due to upping the distance too quickly and ignoring early warning twinges. its so hard to discipline yourself to recover properly

    best advice i heard was up the distance by only 10% a week

    also - why avoid the treadmill? theyre much more forgiving on the joints if you still need to get the running in
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    RE: Burning in knee when running? 2005/08/24 14:45:39 (permalink)
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    Yeah i upped the distances quite quickly. im convinced that was a contributory factor in it. I'll be sure to be more careful from now on thats for sure. Likewise, i ignored the twinges and thought it'll be OK. how wrong was I?!? :(

    I avoided the treadmill simply because i didn't want to run at all but give it a week or two rest from any running. Now im back on the road i can use the treadmill again, but they bore me silly...
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