Running Shoe Recommendations After Meniscus Repair

haqq777

Legend
Hi Guys,

I'm looking to get back into running. I used to run a couple of miles twice a week before I hurt the knee. I had my torn meniscus repaired in Sep of last year. Have recovered pretty good by now (minus the odd niggle here and there) and looking to run twice or thrice a week for a few miles. Nothing hardcore or long distance. I'm pretty active, play tennis with Div II college players and formerly a collegiate tennis player myself.

I want a shoe that takes away shocks with each stride, to the max. I run with neutral stride, and land mostly on ball of the feet more towards the toes. My doctor has said I can definitely get back into running, but just to make sure shoe has great cushioning and feels plush because the knee will like that.

Now I have a ton of sneakers but not sure which one would be good for me (Ultra Boosts feel the softest). But honestly, all feel good to me and so kinda hard to tell. So hoping for a little help from you guys who run and/or are active.

I have never tried Hokas and everyone raves about them (and Brooks - haven't tried those either). Any pointers will be appreciated. I'm not looking for ultra performance oriented shoes at all, just something that is super easy on knees for the 5-6 miles I intend to run in a week (for now atleast).

Thanks
 

stapletonj

Hall of Fame
glucosamine is your friend (I am 15 years post torn meniscus)
I have tried ALL the running shoes (mizuno, Asics, Nike full air, adidas, diadora, etc etc etc). Buy the Hoka one one. Do not buy anything else.
They are head and shoulders above anything else on the market.
see if you can get with some local golf course owner to let you run the fairways early in the morning or late in the evening instead of pavement. like night and day
stay AWAY from treadmills for rainy day runs. the elliptical is 1000% easier on your knees.
 

haqq777

Legend
How long was post surgery recovery? What did it consist of? (Asking got a friend...)
I will be 37 years old this year and I was told my recovery was on the faster side because I am relatively young. I was doing PT three times a week as soon as knee felt good (about a few weeks after the arthroscopy). Was on the tennis court at the 2 month mark but felt everything get back to normal at around 3 months post surgery. Would definitely recommend PT as that helped a ton.
 

haqq777

Legend
glucosamine is your friend (I am 15 years post torn meniscus)
I have tried ALL the running shoes (mizuno, Asics, Nike full air, adidas, diadora, etc etc etc). Buy the Hoka one one. Do not buy anything else.
They are head and shoulders above anything else on the market.
see if you can get with some local golf course owner to let you run the fairways early in the morning or late in the evening instead of pavement. like night and day
stay AWAY from treadmills for rainy day runs. the elliptical is 1000% easier on your knees.
Thanks, had no idea about glucosamine, will read up on that.

Hoka are definitely nice. A but pricey but everyone I know says they are worth every penny. I will look into them.

We have an indoor track in the school facility I work out and play tennis at which feels pretty soft. But I was thinking maybe stick with biking and elliptical for now, and then maybe every now and then switch to a run and see how that feels.

I read up a lot on runners world and talked to track coaches for running post arthroscopic procedures. All of them told me to ease back into it. One of the coaching staff members is 44 years old, had meniscectomy done back in 2005 and still runs over 20 miles a week without issues. I'm 36 and talking maybe 5 miles a week, lol.
 

stapletonj

Hall of Fame
You will find that most internet researchers say that there is no scientific study proving that it works.
I just know that I went to Dr. James Andrew's clinic in AL and they said "A lot of our athletes use it and swear by it and our anecdotal evidence seems to be it helps a lot of times but not always"
They acknowledged the lack of scientific studies. They do not sell the stuff. You can get it cheap at Wal-Mart.
It appears that it is made from shellfish shells or something like that and it gives the body the stuff needed to slowly repair the torn parts of the meniscus.
They told me that there is not much blood flow to the meniscus, but there is some, so some slow healing is possible.
btw - I tore mine on a treadmill.

AS to the Hoka one ones, lots of places will put last years model on sale, you just have to keep your eyes open. I just got a replacement pair for a little under $100.00
 

haqq777

Legend
You will find that most internet researchers say that there is no scientific study proving that it works.
I just know that I went to Dr. James Andrew's clinic in AL and they said "A lot of our athletes use it and swear by it and our anecdotal evidence seems to be it helps a lot of times but not always"
They acknowledged the lack of scientific studies. They do not sell the stuff. You can get it cheap at Wal-Mart.
It appears that it is made from shellfish shells or something like that and it gives the body the stuff needed to slowly repair the torn parts of the meniscus.
They told me that there is not much blood flow to the meniscus, but there is some, so some slow healing is possible.
btw - I tore mine on a treadmill.

AS to the Hoka one ones, lots of places will put last years model on sale, you just have to keep your eyes open. I just got a replacement pair for a little under $100.00
Thank you for your response. I will read up on Glucosamine more. Seems like something that might be helpful.

For the shoes, I actually just got the Hoka Clifton 5 from Running Warehouse this morning. They are on sale for $98. Hopefully they fit good. Decent reviews.
 

BeatlesFan

Bionic Poster
You have to purchase your running shoes that are geared towards your feet, whether you're neutral, an overprontator or underpronator. Just do the barefoot test and purchase your shoes accordingly.



I've run since I was 14 and completed 32 marathons, so I know what I'm talking about. I'm coming off an injury, but when in full health my weekly mileage is 50-60 miles. I would also highly recommend Glucosamine, which has helped me once I hit 40. It really does work. I would also urge you to never run on sidewalks (the road asphalt is slightly better), or natural surfaces such as a track, grass or dirt-- much less stress on the feet and joints. Good luck.
 

haqq777

Legend
You have to purchase your running shoes that are geared towards your feet, whether you're neutral, an overprontator or underpronator. Just do the barefoot test and purchase your shoes accordingly.



I've run since I was 14 and completed 32 marathons, so I know what I'm talking about. I'm coming off an injury, but when in full health my weekly mileage is 50-60 miles. I would also highly recommend Glucosamine, which has helped me once I hit 40. It really does work. I would also urge you to never run on sidewalks (the road asphalt is slightly better), or natural surfaces such as a track, grass or dirt-- much less stress on the feet and joints. Good luck.
Thank you for your response. And wow, 50-60 miles a week and so many marathons is amazing! Very well done. I shudder just thinking about doing one marathon, let alone 32!

I have a neutral stride and medium arch, had testing done at a running specific pro shop a little over decade and half ago when I was in college (still remember buying those Nike Shox multiple times). But when you are in your early twenties, nothing feels wrong on the feet anyway. Now that I'm in my mid thirties, I can feel it all.

What is your favorite shoe, if you don't mind me asking?
 

TheGhostOfAgassi

Talk Tennis Guru
Hi Guys,

I'm looking to get back into running. I used to run a couple of miles twice a week before I hurt the knee. I had my torn meniscus repaired in Sep of last year. Have recovered pretty good by now (minus the odd niggle here and there) and looking to run twice or thrice a week for a few miles. Nothing hardcore or long distance. I'm pretty active, play tennis with Div II college players and formerly a collegiate tennis player myself.

I want a shoe that takes away shocks with each stride, to the max. I run with neutral stride, and land mostly on ball of the feet more towards the toes. My doctor has said I can definitely get back into running, but just to make sure shoe has great cushioning and feels plush because the knee will like that.

Now I have a ton of sneakers but not sure which one would be good for me (Ultra Boosts feel the softest). But honestly, all feel good to me and so kinda hard to tell. So hoping for a little help from you guys who run and/or are active.

I have never tried Hokas and everyone raves about them (and Brooks - haven't tried those either). Any pointers will be appreciated. I'm not looking for ultra performance oriented shoes at all, just something that is super easy on knees for the 5-6 miles I intend to run in a week (for now atleast).

Thanks
Hokas is the best. Get the fully cushion ones. If you aren’t slightly overweight or overweight, they will maybe try you to sell you a level w less cushion. Don’t listen to that. The fully cushion is the best.
 

haqq777

Legend
Hokas is the best. Get the fully cushion ones. If you aren’t slightly overweight or overweight, they will maybe try you to sell you a level w less cushion. Don’t listen to that. The fully cushion is the best.
Thanks! I got the Clifton 5 just today morning which have very good reviews. They have the full cushion that goes from the heel to the toe. Look a bit bulky to me but everyone swears they wear very light, and are awesome.
 

TheGhostOfAgassi

Talk Tennis Guru
Yes, have my eyes on those next. Running Warehouse has those.
They have the most cushion. Bondi 6. Wish they existed years ago, I wouldn’t have had these injuries.
Ive tried every cushion shoe on the market. Asics used to have the best. Nike sucks, they aren’t good enough and also breaks down too quick.
Hoka is on another level really. I have troubled hips (during pregnancy I was in wheel chair condition) and a bad knee since my teens (similar to Rafas injury) Got a lot of experience w cushioned shoes.
 

haqq777

Legend
They have the most cushion. Bondi 6. Wish they existed years ago, I wouldn’t have had these injuries.
Ive tried every cushion shoe on the market. Asics used to have the best. Nike sucks, they aren’t good enough and also breaks down too quick.
Hoka is on another level really. I have troubled hips (during pregnancy I was in wheel chair condition) and a bad knee since my teens (similar to Rafas injury) Got a lot of experience w cushioned shoes.
Definitely agree. Those Bondi 6 look like they have a ton of cushioning. I will keep an eye on those for sure and snag a pair if they go on sale. Hope you are better now with your injuries and enjoying running again!
 

TheGhostOfAgassi

Talk Tennis Guru
Definitely agree. Those Bondi 6 look like they have a ton of cushioning. I will keep an eye on those for sure and snag a pair if they go on sale. Hope you are better now with your injuries and enjoying running again!
Kids doing lots of sports, I’d get them Hokas to prevent joint injuries. It makes so much difference!
Yes it helps after injuries too. But the best is to start as early as possible, Specially sports on HCs, and running of course.
 

Shroud

G.O.A.T.
I read years ago about a guy who had a meniscus issue and said he was able to run by doing bicycles (on his back) like 3 sets of an hour. And he switched to the Pose running method. Never talked about shoes.
 
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