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anterior knee problems

Old 12-17-13, 01:07 PM
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anterior knee problems

We all have it, right? Knee pains. I've started to get familiar with those latin terms because of my knee problems. Anterior, patella, femur, lateral etc. I am trying to find out that little detail which gives me all these pain after the rides. I've asked about it numerous times in this forum and learnt a lot by now. First step is adjusting the saddle height and fore-aft position right, maintaining a high cadence during the rides. Strengthening the quadriceps muscles is also crucial. I know these basics but i suspect if it is a smaller detail. Maybe it is the position of my legs during the rides. I think i am pedalling slightly inwards. I mean my knees are a bit closer to the top tube than it supposed to be. What do you think about it? Would it cause such a big problem? It can be also my right foot is a little bit tilted inwards. I think i noticed something like that and trying to keep it straight now while riding (my touring bike has a flat pedal). Thoughts?

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are any of these positional problems stressing your knees? pedalling causes a kind of whiplash action on the knee, and it's not so good for it, anyway. i had knee swelling and pain for a couple of months earlier this year. i backed off the gearing a little and changed my hill technique, started stretching immediately after harder rides, more often, and started icing/heat or even R.I.C.E. when necessary. if you're experiencing constant knee problems, it could be your technique, overall. you shouldn't be experiencing constant knee problems, really.

if it continues after attempting a change on several fronts, you should get your knee looked at, especially if it's accompanied by swelling or pain the next day, by a doctor.
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Originally Posted by Pibber View Post
.........if it continues after attempting a change on several fronts, you should get your knee looked at, especially if it's accompanied by swelling or pain the next day, by a doctor.
Sage advice.

I'm 63, have always had toes slightly in and knees touching frame. One of the reasons my Giant Propel Advanced SL3 works for me is the undersized top tube when compared to other CF frames.

You could always start with a Pro-Fitting and work from there.
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Old 12-17-13, 05:17 PM
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Why not find a good fitter in your area and go in for a fit, if you have not done so already? A good fitter can spot issues with your technique, position, etc. and may be able to suggest some adjustments.
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For me it's seat height and all it takes is a centimeter too high and my left knee will hurt like crazy sometimes during but mostly after a ride. I have experimented several times with different heights to confirm this (for me) and I have to be slightly lower than ideal with a bit more bend in the knee to give me relief. I also started taking anti-inflammatory's like motrin, advil, etc... before and after my rides. Hope you get if figured out!
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