Frustrated Runner Girl
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
I have been plagued over the years with knee pain when I run. Inevitably, it stops me from running and eventually I stop working out altogether and gain those dang 10 or 15 pounds that seem th haunt me.
I have been running again of late and not having many issues. Until Sunday. The knee pain resurfaced. It is excruciating pain on the side of my knee, near the back. I try to "work through it" but it doesn't go away. If I walk it typically subsides but the second I start to run again it rears it's ugly head.
Research indicates I have iliotibial band syndrome. Basically that ITB is rubbing on the bones causing the pain flares. It can be caused by overuse or biomechanical issues such as the way I walk. Given that this has happened to me so many times over the years, it is likely due to biomechanical issues.
I bought an ITBS strap to try and that didn't work. I still had pain and it irritated the crap out of my leg. I will try it again of course, a few more times to see if I can get used to it and if it will help. If not, next step is a different leg brace. If I still cannot overcome it, I will have to schedule with a podiatrist to see about possibly getting orthotics. I hear that those are helpful to resolving the biomechanical issues. However, my health insurance BLOWS so I am trying to avoid too much medical usage if possible.
Here's hoping I can overcome the bummed feelings that have clouded in on me. I went home last night and enjoyed comfort food galore after a very unsuccessful gym trip. That, of course, brought on guilty feelings. Can't win that way!
Today I rest and ice it. Tomorrow I am trying again. Wish me luck. I could use it.