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10 Apr 2006

Two questions on injuries
Hi Doc,

Most time after running marathons and ultras I suffer pains on the back of my knees, more like a strain on the inside of the knee. It gets painful when trying to straighten the leg out or bending the legs. What could be a problem?

Another pain is experienced on the top of the foot, the arch where the ankle bends inwards and outwards, more towards the inside. The pain is sever when bending the foot inside.

I have had my shoes checked out and the podiatrist okayed them.

Should I be concerned? Please advise.

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sports injuries

01 Jan 0001

Hi joey

Great that you saw a podiatrist- the unsung heroes of running.
It is still important as to whether these are new different shoes as that could be causing abnormal pressure on the tendons and muscles at the top of the foot.

That you mention most times after running indicates that sometimes you don't get the pain there. It could be a question of different running surfaces provoking the knee pain.

At the back of the knee it could be a form of tendinitis where muscle attaches to bone. If it's both sides then it could be a biomechanical problem. A biokineticist may help here.
Dr P
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