First off, I have some semi-great news. I had an MRI done on my right knee recently because I wanted to know conclusively what was wrong with it. I got my test results today, and the following note from my doctor:
Good news. No meniscal tears on the MRI.
There are signs of some softening and irritation of the articular cartilage (chondromalacia) of the patella, which we suspected. You're doing the right stuff for that. (PT is the best treatment).
I hope you're doing well.
So, I don't have a torn meniscus, which is good. I was worried about that. The cartilage under my kneecap is soft and irritated--classic runner's knee. I also learned that have a small cyst underneath that kneecap cartilage (explaining why my knee hurt sometimes if I knelt on it), my patella (kneecap) has a slight lateral tilt, and my joint capsule on the medial (inner) side has some thickness and swelling. I'm glad I'm on the right track with PT, and that I don't need surgery.
Going forward, I will continue with PT. I've been doing a little bit of running (15 minutes here and there), but I may stop running completely for the next several weeks. I hope I can do more swimming, and I'm glad walking hasn't been bothering me much.
I've been experimenting with my running shoes and orthotics over the last week and have made the following discoveries:
1. Walking in my Nike Frees without my orthotics is easy on my legs. My right knee doesn't hurt when I wear those shoes, and I find that my muscles are less sore after a long walk compared to how my muscles felt after walking a long time in my Asics.
2. I have a pair of Saucony Progrid Guide 3 shoes that I purchased last year and haven't worn much. I've tested them out on the treadmill without my orthotics and liked them. They have a great amount of cushioning, and I find it easy to strike midfoot while wearing them.
3. I may test out my Asics without orthotics to see how they feel, but they are certainly stiff when I'm wearing them with orthotics. Perhaps I'll just donate the shoes to a shoe recycling program.
My questions for you:
1. Do you have a recurring injury?
2. What are your favorite running shoes?
Have a great week!