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Old 06-23-15, 04:07 AM
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knee problem

I have this knee thing that I've been noticing lately. I don't know if it's related, but it started around the time the guy at the local bike shop advised me to switch from the specialized +++ high arch insoles to the ++ for medium support, which was what my feet was fitted for. I had the +++ because a different fitter fitted me 2 years ago. anyway, my knee tracking seems fine, and I have no pain while on the bike. the ++ insoles actually feel better. it's after I'm off the bike that I experience the pain, and it only really happens when I bend the knees 90 deg or further, while applying my entire body weight. I don't over train. my crank length is 175, but I'm 6', so that's not it. What could be wrong?
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How long have you been on the new insoles? If it has been a while, I would change back to the old insoles and see if the knee issue goes away.
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I'm going through the same thing. Been back riding for about 18 months now. In the last month or so been getting bad knee pain after apx 20-25 miles into a ride. Have tried a few things. Lowered my seat a bit (need to learn more about set up) bought Speedplay pedal's with tons of float. Reading up on VMO exercises. Like to fix this issue.
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My knees act up now and then. I used to wear a neoprene brace, the kind available at pharmacies, but it finally began to fall apart. Lately I've been experimenting with kinetic tape which seems to be working as well as the brace but is more comfortable and can be worn for several days and in the shower. Kinesiology Tape | KT Tape

My other line of defense is to step up knee exercises, especially exercises that work muscles involved in lateral moves. My reasoning is that pedaling strengthens front to back muscles and ligaments but lateral ones are neglected. I have the theory that the body should be balanced with all aspects of moving ability being of equal capability. In any case, knee strengthening works for me as after stepping up efforts knee discomfort subsides.
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There are lots of ways your knees can hurt. This chart hasn't steered me wrong yet:



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just recently began feeling some uncomfortableness right knee medial side. I have sh*t knees anyway so just figured same old story. While mountain biking this past weekend on a short steep section pop goes the knee, medial side, the kind pop that made me sick to my stomach. Could not climb after and left the group to ride the flats back to the car. Did some research when I got home and tested the right VMO for strength. Sure enough, weaker then the left. Did some single leg curls, same thing and same thing with single calf raises. The next day I jumped on my hybrid and paid close attention to my pedal stroke. Interesting to note I was leaning weight on the outside of my right foot which forced my knee on the up stroke out to the side and half way through the down stroke the knee would line up with the foot an out to in line motion. Pain felt back side and medial side of knee.
I concentrated on centering the weight on the pedal and focused on an up and down piston like motion, pain began to subside. 3/4 quarters of the way through the ride my right leg was exhausted and caught myself kicking out the right heel to engage the lateral quads. Tuesday my VMO was sore...today almost identical to Monday, 3/4 of the way through right leg was tired. And this from a fella who never heard of a VMO until Sunday.
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