[pct-l] Sore knees (aren't much fun)
steeleye at wildblue.net
Wed May 23 13:37:05 CDT 2012
Good morning, ,
I agree with Stephen. I experienced severe bruising of the knee joint
surface due to some very unwise sprinting during a run many years ago. I
didn’t intervene medically, and it took about a year for it to totally heal.
Hard-charging down hills is similar way to damage the joints.
Another problem with speed down hills is the risk of shin-splints. Downhill
means a hard heal strike will cause unusual torque about the ankle that
must be resisted by the shin muscle structure.
-Hiking the Pct since before it was the PCT – 1965
On Tue, May 22, 2012 at 9:11 AM, Stephen Clark <rowriver at gmail.com> wrote:
> Last season I sustained a bone bruise on the top of my Fibula from the loss
> of joint padding between it and my Femur (a product of advanced age). This
> occurred doing the 7 mile down hill between Cattle Gate and Barrel Springs
> at a fast pace at the end of the day. It ended my hiking last year at Lost
> Valley Rd. and took a *very* long time to heal.
> When I hit the trail again this season I noticed a twinge after the 1st day
> then it got better. I am surmising that the massive infusions of water we
> drink while on the trail and my awareness (ie: downhills at a slower pace)
> have made the difference. So, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate... and don't bust
> the downhills just because you think you can.
> "The mountains are calling and I must go."
> -- John Muir <http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5297.John_Muir>
> On Tue, May 22, 2012 at 6:20 AM, Braden Snapp <bradensnapp at gmail.com>
> > I second that. I went to a sports medicine doc for knee pain. She
> > out my knees to make sure there was no structural damage and then sent me
> > to a physical therapist. 4 sessions and a lot of hard work and I have
> > almost no pain 2 months later.
> > B
> > On Tue, May 22, 2012 at 1:43 AM, Ann Gerckens
> > <volunteer_ann at sbcglobal.net>wrote:
> > > James,
> > > I too encourage you to visit a sports med professional. Orthotics have
> > > changed
> > > my life and kept me hiking. Now when I start feeling medial collateral
> > > (that
> > > inside of the knee ligament) pain, I know it's time for new shoes, new
> > > orthotics, or both. The relief is immediate.
> > >
> > > Ann Gerckens
> > >
> > >
> > > "We all struggle with something, you can either be paralyzed by it or
> > take
> > > action". - Patrick Dempsey, Remedy's Healthy Living, Winter 2011.
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