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Do any of you runners get sore knees? I have been active my entire life but I started running again about 4 weeks ago and I seem to have knee pain every night. Its not throbbing or shooting pain. Its not in one spot on the knee. Just aching annoying pain. I don't think its an injury because its in both knees.

I have tried ice and that makes it more stiff. Icy-hot had no effect at all. Do you have any advice?

Tue. Apr 11, 5:05pm

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Are you wearing proper shoes? If you have old shoes on maybe the cushioning is worn out? If your shoes are new, maybe you need to have them checked at a running store and see if you need a different type of shoe?

Also, I think it depends upon how much weight you are putting on it as well and the surface you are running on....

Make sure to stretch properly-- a little before, and more afterwards to keep the muscles from getting sore....

Tuesday, April 11, 2006, 5:18 PM

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Agree w/ the above poster. Also, to the OP, check your running technique/form by attending a running clinic. Too often I see runners with ill form and my knees ache for them after seeing them pound their feet on the pavement. Correct form is to land feet with controlled motion, not just drop them with all the weight on the pavement.

You may also want to take some Glucosamine/chondroitin supplement. It really helps restoring the cartiladge, I find it helpful when my knees hurt...

Tuesday, April 11, 2006, 5:39 PM

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I have terrible knee problems. I have gone to many a doctor and they have all said that having extra weight on your body affects your knee's most of all! I dropped 10 pounds and noticed a big difference, the next 20 i should be skipping around town

Tuesday, April 11, 2006, 5:39 PM

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One more addition

All the advice is good, but also make sure you're not doing too much too soon.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006, 5:47 PM

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Op here, I am doing a running program which has eased me into running. I got new shoes (New Balance 472) but I did not get them at a running store. I think I am gong to go check out a running store nearby tonight. I am around 140 and want to lose 10lbs, but I didn't think that would be too much weight to run with.
I will also try the Glucosamine/chondroitin supplement. Is that available in a regular grocery store?

Tuesday, April 11, 2006, 6:19 PM

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Just a quick update...went to RunTex (local running store) they said I have a normal arch and normal walking (don't overpronate). He recommended some shoes with more cushion (asics, brooks, succony). The brroks felt the best and cost $110. I bought Glucosamine/chondroitin supplement and will try that before spending the $110 on top of the money I spent for my New Balance last week.
Is $110 normal for running shoes?

Tuesday, April 11, 2006, 8:07 PM

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Also you may need to do some strengthening of your thighs. The back of the leg (hamstrings) tend to get strong faster than the front and this can pull your knee 'off-track'. Shoes have already been addressed, but just wanted to add that bit as well.

The link below has the descriptions and remedies of 3 most common knee problems for runners.

Best wishes and even though the ice may not help the pain it may help the inflamation so keep it up. If pain persists see a physical therapist or doctor. Personally I've found that a physical therapist can diagnose and treat these exercise-related conditions much quicker than a general physician, but some insurance won't cover one without a visit to the doc first.


Tuesday, April 11, 2006, 8:10 PM

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One word of advice


It could be your shoes, it could be your form, it could be the surface you are running on, you could need to stretch or perhaps try to run a bit less vigoursly so your not pounding, or maybe your doing too much too soon and should ease up just a bit for a week BUT only a physician can tell you (based on an examination) whether or not the achey-ness your experiencening is normal adjustment or a serious problem in the works. I had a similar problem and it turned out to just be adjustment but it is better to be safe than sorry.

Wow, now that I caught my breath :-) the link from above is an EXCELLENT website. Not only for advice on injuries but running in general. I started out with their couch to 5k program.

As for the expense for running shoes, yes that can be a normal price. I paid 90 for mine. Heres a good discussion about that. Same website as poster above.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006, 9:57 PM

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Op here. I have been using the coolrunning site(on C25K also)but had never seen a post with someone with my knee problems. Most have sharp stabbing pain. My pain is dull and actaully goes away when I run. Last time I went to a dr for leg pain (I was doing step aerobics at the time) she said I was overusing it and told me to cut down to 3 times a week. It was a waste of $25 copay, in my opinion.
I am going to check the return policy at my local run store and probably get the $110 shoes and see if the pain eases up. If not, return them and see the dr.
Thanks for all your help!

Tuesday, April 11, 2006, 10:27 PM

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Just a thought, but if you think it could be your shoes, you should take them back. Did you get them from a New Balance store? I know that they have an excellent return policy.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006, 10:40 PM

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