Asked 6 years ago
What should I do about recurring hip pain?
I am a 46-year-old male runner with a recurring hip problem that has me concerned. For the last five or six years, I've run 25-30 miles a week. I weigh 180 lbs. and run a 48:00 10K and a 4:00:00 marathon. I've always walked with my feet pointing out and wear out my shoes on the outside heel. I've noticed in the last year or so that when the shoes wear down, I experience hip pain while walking. When I buy new shoes, the pain goes away. I replace my shoes after 150 miles. I never have pain while running, but I'm wondering if I'm accelerating the deterioration of my hip joint by running. I don't think it's an iliotibial band problem; stretching does not help the pain. What can I do to prevent further damage as I get older? I do not look forward to hip replacement and I love running so much I'd hate to give it up.
Ron Buchwald, Meriden, CT