Are you a 40 + year old who has just started a running or walking program that is now getting “random” leg pains? Or perhaps you are trying to increase your miles or your speed and now you have pain on the outside of your knee that travels all the way from your knee to your ankle.
How frustrating! All you’re trying to do is improve your health and you’ve hurt yourself.
Are you now wondering if you’re made to run? Or are starting to get overwhelmed by the whole “getting healthy” progress?
You are not alone. Everyone feels overwhelmed or disappointed when they’ve set a workout or fitness goal that is suddenly stopped by what feels like a failing body.
So what causes pain on the outside of the knee all the way down the outer leg?
The simple answer would be that you have strained a muscle in your lower leg. Our ankles have several muscles that help us to balance on one foot. Of those muscles there is a specific muscle that runs from your knee to your ankle called the Peroneus Longus. When this muscle is strained it will be achy to the touch, it might get better as you walk but then in the morning and at night the achiness will be worse.
Why does this happen?
No matter what exercise program you start, it's normal to get random aches and pains. This is just your body adjusting to your new activities. However, these aches and pains become an issue when they don’t get better after 2-3 day and/or they don’t go away after 1-2 weeks.
After 2 weeks if that knee or ankle pain has not gone away you should seek help to find out why the pain hasn’t stopped. The reason you shouldn’t wait too long to find the root cause is to prevent any change in your running pattern or the cause compensation that would then injure another part of your body.
Running is not an easy activity. It requires your legs to propel all your body weight forward by continuously hopping from one foot to the other. So before you throw away your running shoes let's talk about what you can do right now to stop that outer knee pain.
5 tips on how to stop outside knee pain that goes all the way down to the ankle:
If you would like more information on how to stop knee pain go to this link for my EBOOK “10 Tips And Tricks To Stop Knee Pain From Derailing Your Fitness Goals! (No Brace, Medication, or Surgery required)”
If you would like to talk to a physical therapist about how a personalized running program can help you prevent or overcome knee problems click this link.
WE HELP ACTIVE ADULTS OVERCOME THEIR ACHES AND PAINS TO GET THEM BACK TO THEIR FAVORITE ACTIVITIES WITHOUT MEDICATION, INJECTIONS OR SURGERIES.
Dr. Molly McDonald