Our expert says:
The types of injuries that one can get on the treadmill are very similar to the ones that road runners get. I do not know the mechanism of the injury nor the symptoms therefore it's difficult to tell what injury you might have. However, a common injury of runner's is called patellofemoral pain. It is said to be due to poor control of the kneecap by the muscles around the knee, causing abnormal movements and tracking of the kneecap between the condyles of the femur (bone in the upper leg).This often occurs after an increase in distance or speed and is therefore related to muscle fatigue and/or weakness. Other injuries can include Osteoarthritis as well as Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome which can be aggravated by an increase in incline, distance or speed . Treatment for the conditions vary and would be very dependent on the evaluation findings. You should have the knee diagnosed by a sports medicine or orthopaedic doctor first and then go for rehabilitation with a physiotherapist or biokineticist.
As for gout, there are a variety of causes that can exacerbate the condition. For some it can be weather related, i.e: changes in temperature, but mostly it is related to diet. For instance, alcohol and red meats, as well as legumes and lentils are high in urate and can therefore cause a build up of uric acid crystals and hence an attack of gout. Altering your diet by avoiding these things may help the condition. However, it would be wise to consult with a dietician as they will be able to inform you of the foods that you need in the diet and cannot afford to give up, despite the gout. ( i.e. legumes for high cholesterol).
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