Knee Pain 4
I have been running short distances since the beginning of summer, and in October I started training for a half marathon in March. I had some knee and foot pain so had gait analysis at a shop was told I overpronate and bought some moderate support shoes last week. I have run in them now, and whilst they definitely make my running feel more stable and cushioned, my knee still hurts and my hips ache a lot now. Is this just my body adjusting to the new shoes (my previous shoes were old and neutral), and will it take time to see the improvement from correcting my gait?
It sounds as if you are experiencing symptoms associated with a tight iliotibial band or ITB. This is a connective tissue that attaches from a small muscle at the side of your hip (tensor fascia lata) and runs down the side of the thigh where some of its fibre attach to the outer side of the knee. ITB symptoms can be exacerbated by overpronation of the feet but it is also linked to poor gluteal (buttock) muscle control. I would recommend that you consult a sports physiotherapist for a gait analysis and biomechanical assessment. They will be able to prescribe the appropriate treatment and exercises as new trainers alone will not rectify your symptoms.
Kind regards Angela Benjamin MSc MCSP Chartered Physiotherapist