Back in late September, I bought the New Balance "B-Zip" shoes since they are a very light cross training shoe for weights and running (so I thought). I didn't have any problems until I started picking up my running over the Christmas break since I didn't run that much prior due to hockey and other things. After a couple weeks running about 3 times per week 4-5 miles over the break, I decided to take it to 6 miles and by this time, it was early January. Well, a little past 2 miles I felt something on the right side of my knee start to bother me but I decided to move on. However, at 3 miles, the pain intensified so bad that I had to stop. After about 10 minutes of cooling down when I got home, my knee completely seized up and I had to limp around for the next couple of days unless I got the blood flowing in that area. Walking didn't start feeling normal until about 2-3 weeks later and to make things worse, the second part of the hockey season started and this hindered my ability to do cross overs. I went to the sports doctor at UNT last week and he said that it's probably this fiber type band that goes from the side of your hip all the way down to your foot. I can even feel this chunk move back and forth when I bend my knee. Since the day of my knee messing up, I have bought these Saucony shoes that help correct my overpronation and they feel great, but the problem is I can only run about 1 mile before the knee starts acting up again (I wasn't even able to do that a couple weeks ago, 4-5 mins was pushing it!). So, to all you runners out there that don't take the time getting a good shoe made for you, I would highly recommend you change your habit, yes it might be more expensive, but prolonging the life of your joints/tendens is way more important.
I just did a search, this could be my problem:
Iliotibial Band Syndrome
What Causes Iliotibial Band Syndrome?
This is an overuse inflammatory condition due to friction (rubbing) of a band of a tendon over the outer bone (lateral condyle) of the knee. Although iliotibial band syndrome may be caused by direct injury to the knee, it is most often caused by the stress of long-term overuse, such as sometimes occurs in sports training.
What Are the Symptoms of Iliotibial Band Syndrome and How Is It Diagnosed?
A person with this syndrome feels an ache or burning sensation at the side of the knee during activity. Pain may be localized at the side of the knee or radiate up the side of the thigh. A person may also feel a snap (that's probably the chunk I described above) when the knee is bent and then straightened. Swelling is usually absent and knee motion is normal. The diagnosis of this disorder is usually based on the patient's symptoms, such as pain at the lateral condyle, and exclusion of other conditions with similar symptoms.
How Is Iliotibial Band Syndrome Treated?
Usually, iliotibial band syndrome disappears if the person reduces activity and performs stretching exercises followed by muscle-strengthening exercises. In rare cases when the syndrome doesn't disappear, surgery may be necessary to split the tendon so it is not stretched too tightly over the bone.
The doctor prescribed me this prednisone stuff to reduce my bodies inflammation response, seems have helped out some. I was told this injury will probably take a few months to recover fully recover