I know that running is not good for the knees and if it something you enjoy doing then are prepared to take a few risks in order to get to a competitive level and at the peak before my fall on black ice my average running pace was under 7 minutes a mile and was running 9 miles 4 times a week and did get a bit of pain and swelling at the bottom of my right knee that expected with all the running I had been doing up until the fall.
I do have PFS in both knees that's no big deal what is concerning right now is not be able to run at a good pace as soon as I try to increase my running pace get pain and discomfort at the bottom of my right knee. I am no longer work as a Greenkeeper and will do some gardening jobs while out of work looking for jobs supporting Autistic Children that looks a long way of right now but a possibility in the future.
Since my scope I no longer get the catching sensation just pain and swelling towards the bottom of kneecap that can increase while kneeling squatting at times. I have had two cortisone injections so far pre op and then pre op and not sure why my right knee seems to never become right again and suppose falling 3 times on it won’t help it improve.
I could not give up running altogether & my PT suggested a good pair of running shoes and custom made orthotics and have a gait analysis done and can train yourself to run in a way that will put less impact on the joints. I was also warned in advance by my PT that a car engine needs oil and once it runs dry the car engine stops and ceases up. Knee’s will also one day suddenly cease up and then need a TKR and always think positive that I will not be on of those statistics with wearing out my knees as I am only 34 and hope to have many years more of running long distance as I see people twice my age running still. I can however see where you are coming from and its good to warn me in advance.
I'm your age almost exactly. I know there are some people twice our age running, but there are many more twice our age who sure as heck can't. Even many people our age can't! I think to a large degree it is just pure luck whether a person's physique and running style and life style combine to allow them such an activity for long periods of time. Ultimately we play the hand we're dealt. We can modify it to a degree, but you can't take a bad hand and make it a pair of aces no matter what you try.
I won't try and force my experience into yours, but back in the day I threw money at shoes, spent huge amounts of time trying to change my gait, tried forefooting, barefooted, everything.
I eventually found that barefoot-type running in very light shoes was fairly doable--it was much better on my knee (but not perfect). However, it introduced new issues--ones that I never had when heavy heel-striking in the past, including arch pain, top of foot bone pain, and now I have spent the last 18 months very, very slowly healing some achilles tendinosis. So, although I partially protected my knee I moved the stress to other joints.
It took so long to get over running, but I did it. I just wish I had done it back in the past. Several years ago I had no joint pain of any kind, I was fit, I could run a few miles at a time, no problems with anything. It's when I started doing long distance that my body couldn't keep up and I've spent now 7-8 years with knee pain. I'm glad I stopped when I did (the last MRI I had showed nothing significant other than tendinosis, so at least I didn't keep going until I blasted away cartilage), I just wish I had stopped much earlier. My life post-running is as meaningful as it was pre-running. I don't need to run to exist or love life. The major difference is now I have this pain with me, and I know it could be hear for the rest of my life. This isn't a pity party, but a warning to others.