Discussion in 'Health and Fitness' started by lemonkettaz, Jun 22, 2010.

Welcome to the Army Rumour Service, ARRSE

The UK's largest and busiest UNofficial military website.

The heart of the site is the forum area, including:

  1. Hello,

    In April I felt my knee get a bit painful after 3mile.

    This happened after about a year of running quite regular, but with no real pattern in terms of distance, I just went out randomly and ran as far as I could or wanted too.

    Since April, I lost a bit of confidence in running and got a bit worried so I have done 4small runs since with no problem.

    However I think my foot has been in a bit of pain for months now and It seems to ache below my knee down to my foot.

    It's not particularly painful, just there and I think it shouldn't be.

    I haven't been to the GP or physio but I'm thinking I should get a pro to check it out, so should I just pop into see a physio? or do I have to get a GP referral? how much will this cost me too, because I'm almost a tramp.

  2. Have the doc check you out, mate. This will give you peace of mind and he will no doubt recommend a course of follow-up action. Failing that, start drinking heavily - you know it makes sense.
  3. Drinking from a paper bag...

    Seems likely
  4. Oh I forgot about cost: Doctors appointment: Bugger all. Follow up treatment: Bugger all but may be a 20 year wait on the NHS. Bottle of White Lightning: Don't have a scooby, but a decent bottle of whisky will cost you about 25 quid. Enjoy!
  5. Could be Ice Dragon cider then.

    I won't enjoy, but at least I wont care
  6. But seriously, get checked out first.
  7. Having picked up a weakness in one of my knees I found the most effective way of getting the strength and confidence back was by using a physiotherapy balance board. They are very cheap and you can use then on your own at home for 10-20 minutes a day. Standing on the board with the injured leg, holding the good leg off the ground, the corrections you make to balance builds strength in all direction around the knee.

    Of course I’d encourage you to go and see a doctor but if following that up with the physiotherapy sessions is impractical they are a great alternative. After all a cheap balance board is about the price of a single session and this is basically what my sessions consisted of anyway.


  8. My bold

    Mate I'm struggling to get this, as there are some real inconsistencies with your description of "the pain".

    Lower leg pain (from the bottom of the knee to the top of the ankle) when running is normally given the very generic term of shin splints. The cause could be a number of factors, including muscle imbalance, collapsed arches, poor foot alignment/gait and over training.

    Going to a GP is a waste of time as they don't specialise in sports injury. Start with a proper running shop and have your gait analysed - then get the correct running shoes. If that doesn't help, then look at seeing a podiatrist/physiotherapist for treatment, but you will need to be specific when describing the symptoms to them.

    eodmatt - another option would be drinking white lightning from a camelback whilst running!! Now thats multitasking for you!! (and yes I am Scottish)
  9. It's really hard to be specific.

    I once felt a pain in my knee cap it felt whilst running, but I just finished my run, then it was sore but not swollen, but i could still move/jump/squat etc.

    More recently I've notice pain in my left foot which seems to be on the outside of the foot and it becomes noticeable when i put weight on it, so balancing on my left foot, walking around etc.

    It's seems to be more on an ache though than a pain, which seems to go from my foot up to the knee.

    I don't know what started first, foot being annoying, or that knee getting a bit of pain in the kneecap when i was out a run

    (bear in mind I havent ran properly since so never felt it again, just a small ache) I have been on a couple of small runs since just steady pace and they seemed alright.
  10. Unfortunately, picking up an injury will often lead to further, different injuries as you compensate and adjust your running style.

    As already stated, a dr will be able to send you to a physio but this will take quite a while and may not be the physio you need.

    In my experience, the difference in quality of physios is enormous (larger than the fact that all trades have good people and less good people). I have had a physio tell me that I've slightly strained a ligament and will be running again in 3 weeks. In reality, I had torn all my ligaments and cannot walk 4 months later... Ho hum.

    Others are excellent (a couple of sessions can solve a problem). Try and do some research before you pick which one to go to. If the physio fails to solve your problem, an MRI scan will probably highlight what is up.

    Best of luck.
  11. To be honest then mate, it doesnt sound like an injury to me - just typical aches and pains associated with running and indeed increasing your mileage.

    Just keep bulding on it gradually and let your body adapt to the increase in distance. You might want to google things like glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM too - they might help and they might not, but its definitely worth a try (worked for me).
  12. No idea what they are :p

    Where would you find that sort of stuff?

    I think I'm going to see a physio, just to be on the safe side, see what they say and tell them not to bs me because I won't be paying for regular visits.

    Unless I REALLY need too.
  13. to be honest I don't think these cheap topman plimsoles help matters either for day to day stuff...

    may as well strap bits of wood to my foot
  14. FFS If thats a serious comment then youve just found the problem.

    Forget physio and get your arrse down to a proper running shop (ie run and become) get your gait analysed and use the money to invest in PROPER running shoes (Asics are my choice).
  15. Rest and then adjust your gait so you're running on the forefront of your foot.

    Or get your gait analysed as suggested.