Dodgy knee, possibly a shoe problem, need advice please!

I searched before posting this, but nothing quite covers what I'm after. Any help would be massively appreciated!

Basically, I've been an on-and-off runner for 6 years now (18-24 years old). For most of these 6 years, I've gone through a pattern where I'd go away to uni, get lazy, put on weight, come home and then run it all off over the summer. For pretty much this entire time, I used one pair of shoes, which I've only just learnt is a bad thing. Needless to say, they were pretty shot towards the end and eventually got thrown out.

I graduated this December, bought myself a new pair of shoes and threw myself into running 15-20 miles per week. I started at 14 stone 10 lbs (93 kg) and got down to 12 stone (76 kg) within a few months, which I was really happy with, but started to get pains in my right knee for a few days after each run.

Being cautious, I rested up, assuming that it was just "wear-and-tear" from running whilst being too heavy. However, after rests of 1 week, 2 weeks, 3 comes back immediately after the first run.

I'm starting to think that my new(ish) shoes are to blame. They've always felt a little unbalanced, like they are missing a bit of thickness under the ball of the foot. I obviously can't go back to my old ones, so I'm sort of stuck wondering what the problem would be. I'd only go and get my gait assessed as a last resort, because I genuinely don't think I have pronation issues and don't want to pay someone to tell me that.

If it helps, my old shoe was a cheapo Asics. Probably equivalent to a Patriot 4/5 now.

My new shoe is a NewBalance 690. Also cheap!

I don't know whether there are known issues with my new shoe, or if this is a common problem when switching shoes. Maybe my knees have gotten too used to the old shoe and I should get a carbon copy of the old Asics trainer? Or maybe I just should have taken it easier when I was at my heaviest and now have to rest for a few months before I'm back to normal?

It'd be such a relief to just buy a new pair of shoes and be running comfortably again.


  • MillsyMillsy ✭✭✭
    Go to a proper running shop and get them to check your running style / gait. They will be able to tell you if the shoes are correct or not for you.
  • booktrunkbooktrunk ✭✭✭

    Look up ITBand issues, especially if you struggle going down stairs. Might be something like that and need some strengthening exercises. 


    Can't do any farm to research it and at worse eliminate it as a cause.

  • Thank you booktrunk!

    Just looked it up and it sounds exactly like what I'm experiencing.

    I'll give the exercises a go and if I have no luck, I'll take Millsy's advice and go to a specialist.

  • Nose NowtNose Nowt ✭✭✭

    Antony...  most running shops don't charge for gait analyses.

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