Q- I love running, both on the road and on the treadmill at the gym, but I’ve recently developed knee pain (it’s especially bad when I am running on the road). Do I have to give up running?
A -Running isn’t necessarily the best exercise choice for someone who suffers with knee problems, however, if you ensure you have good quality running shoes and avoid excessively uneven running surfaces you should be fine.
Being overweight, smoking and drinking excessively can also be disastrous for your knees. Drinking plenty of water is vital for good general and also joint health and shouldn’t be underestimated as a preventative measure.
You should ensure that any underlying problems with the mechanics of your knees are addressed as they are such complex joints and any ongoing issues can put too much strain on your knees.
Providing there isn’t any major degeneration in the joint you should be able to look forward to many more years of happy, healthy running.