Hi, I'm a high school runner that's been experiencing pain in my left
knee during and after my daily runs. The pain seems to come from the
tendon connecting my knee to my shin. I've recently been running about
55 miles a week, and the pain seems to worsen on my longer runs. I've
visited my doctor twice for this reason. The first visit he said it was
because I'm growing while during the second visit claimed that it was
tendonitis. I've been icing my knee 2 times a night, and have been
taking aspirin to relieve the pain, but it still persists almost every
morning, and while I run. Is there anything that I can do short of
reducing my mileage that will cure this pain?
Matt - it does sound like patella tendonitis to me. There are several things you can look at to help. A patella tendon strap is one idea. This band which is placed around the tibia at the height of the tendon is thought to reduce the strain on the tendon by changing the point of tension slightly. It has helped some people I have treated. Another idea is to look at you biomechanics. Orthotics might also change the tension, but but by changing the position of your tibia at heel strike and through foot flat during the gait cycle. If you have high arches or a flat foot, and especially a condition known as an uncompensated forefoot varus (check with a PT or a podiatrist), this will most likely help you. Also, ask you Dr. about using a NSAID rather than asprin, and ice for 30 minutes a day.