Alright contestants, here is your question:
Our patient has pain only in his left knee, feels like it's at the base of the patella. He's only been running for a year, mostly 5 and 10ks (Sprints and Olympic). Never any knee pain until about 3 weeks ago. Two tidbits that may contribute?
1. Our patient has been running in the same pair of shoes for one year now.
(just bought some new ones yesterday - I know, way overdue)
2. Mileage is starting to increase (never more than 10% per week, 8 mile max run) in prep for a half IM.
On your mark, get set, diagnose!!!
Seriously, any help would be great. I've heard IT band and other stuff. I'll probably have a doc check it if it doesn't feel tons better. Right now I'm just walking for 30-45 minutes so at least I'm doing something. Have not run in about a week and a half. It feels a bit better now, but I'm not sure if I should try to run on it (it's not so excruciating that I couldn't) or wait for all pain to go away. I would love some advice.