So...last week out of the blue, I experienced this sharp "twinge" on the front of my right knee...near the tendon. I stopped running...and the pain subsided. I even took it easy all week...no pain.
Then, I did a 5 mile run yesterday and whamo! Damn knee twinge came back and I had to stop. This time the twinge moved to the outside of the right knee...and there was a slight "clicking" when I bent my knee during my post-run stretch.
Last night I elevated and iced for 45 minutes...did the same today along with Ibuprofen. During the night as I slept, every time I straightened my leg out or "locked" the knee...I had a SHARP pain. So now it occurs while at rest and not just randomly during a run.
I did some research today on knee ailments for runners and have come to the conclusion that it's Runner's Knee. I did the surefire test...leg out straight while a friend pressed on the kneecap and gripped the muscle above the knee while I flexed my quad. YUP...pain.
So now I don't really know what to do about it...any thoughts? I am under the impression that it's not my poor little knee's fault but in fact due to either sporting the wrong shoe or by having underdeveloped quad muscles...thus allowing for the slippage of the kneecap from it's track. Grrrr.
Has anyone experienced this and if so, what did your do? HELP!! I'm training for a half marathon and I don't want to sit on my duff for weeks on end...
Also, should I get a new shoe? And if so, anyone know of the best place in Los Angeles to buy a shoe...some place where they have you run or on a treadmill in order to look at your gait, etc?