I did write a long winding entry, but decided to replace it with this. Please help.
23 year old male, 1.80 m, 79 kg Running 3+ years (~75 km/mo) Swimming 2+ years Cycling 1 year
This Summer finally entered some events (triathlons, fun runs, open water swims etc). I didn't increase my distances or overall training much, if anything I took more rest days before and after events.
Developed pains in both knees over the Summer. Initially dull ache, then bruises underneath the knees, then burning pain on the inside-leg side of the kneecap and along the entire outside-side of the knee. Sometimes feels like a warm trickle(?) when resting/walking.
Read online, thought it was a generic "runners knee", took 3 weeks off from all physical activity. Started running again gently (2 mile jogs etc) and pain is back straight away. My current running shoes only have a couple hundred km on them if that and are the same type I've used for years.
Basically the pain feels like a dull burn in my knees. I can run and walk on them, but even when stretched out on the sofa there's a constant presence in them. I don't know whether it's patellas or tendonitis or ITBS or the myriad of other options I've read about. I would see a physiotherapist but ideally anything I can do to save on an expensive visit would be very helpful (recent graduate here).
Any advice people can give would be much appreciated.