Years of running have done a number on my knees. Should I get rid of my running shoes?
Thankfully, damage to the ol’ “biscuits and cheese” is no longer a sign to hang up your runners. Scientific advances mean that lost cartilage isn’t gone for good and knee surgery is no longer a mobility death knell. “Things have changed,” says orthopaedic surgeon Dr Nicholas DiNubile. “We can now regenerate joint cushions using a patient’s own stem cells. Surgeons can grow cells on tissue and lay them into the knee through a small incision.” So speak to your doctor before you give up your marathon hopes. But in the meantime, work your backside off – strengthening your glutes relieves pressure on your knees and will increase your road mileage.