[pct-l] Sore knee
dennis.phelan at gmail.com
Sat May 19 19:16:41 CDT 2012
The knee is one of the most complex joints in our body and pain can result
from a series of alignment problems. Usually it is the feet, but in many
cases the feet are out of line due to leg muscles. Bottom line, go see a
sports doctor who can figure it out and prescribe the correct supports and
On May 19, 2012 4:21 PM, "CHUCK CHELIN" <steeleye at wildblue.net> wrote:
> Good afternoon, James,
> Years ago when I was running quite a bit I had a similar problem, but it
> was along the outside edges of the knee joint rather than the inside that
> you mention. The burning pain was bad: It inconvenienced walking and it
> prevented running.
> A sports podiatrist determined that because of my flat feet the line of
> force from my hip joint to the functional center of my foot strike was
> off-center toward the outside which overloaded the outboard edge of the
> knee joint. After analysis and testing I was provided an appropriate arch
> support insert that realigned the force through my knees. The problem
> disappeared and I was running and hiking again almost immediately.
> I speculate that the opposite can also exist; meaning with some combination
> of very high arches, overly aggressive arch supports, and/or bow-legs your
> legs’ line of force could be through the inner edges of the knee joints.
> Those observations are worth exactly what they cost you. Good luck.
> -Hiking the Pct since before it was the PCT – 1965
> On Sat, May 19, 2012 at 1:42 PM, james rivet <airjay66 at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Anyone have some advice on how best to alleviate pain in the
> > knee--particularly the inside part of the knee. I guess I'm mostly
> > interested in knowing if other hikers have experienced similar discomfort
> > and it gets better as the legs get stronger. My base pack weight is
> > good--not ultralight, but lightweight and I'm sensible about water
> > and food resupplies.
> > Having to medicate regularly with Ibuprofen seems reckless at best. I am
> > aware of the RICE treatment method and I'm making as much use of this as
> > possible.
> > I also use trekking poles and have found them indispensable at the
> > Thanks
> > JR
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