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SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,544
4/25/14 3:34 P

Anything is possible. Hopefully better fitting boots will fix the problem.

Coach Jen

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4/25/14 2:25 P

I probably do need to get new boots, or at least invest in ones that provide a little more room in the toes. The boots I am wearing now are four years old (will be in June). I think that having a bit more support for my feet may be the thing to help with the knee. There is no pain in my knee and appears to be more of a problem due to overuse. My knee feels better after elevating my legs (at the end of the day) and applying some ice (or anything cold). Perhaps I will invest in some new boots this weekend. The support is definitely an issue, especially for my toes. Is it possible that the knee could be responding to the stress my toes are feeling when they are getting pushed towards the front of my boots as I am going down hill?

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,544
4/24/14 7:27 P

I wouldn't recommend any kind of brace or strap unless it's something your doctor has recommended. If there is a problem with your knee, a support could end up making it worse, or could make the "weakness" more significant. If it seems like the problem persists or gets worse, I would get it checked out by your doctor. Also make sure you're wearing good shoes that fit properly and give you good support for all of the hiking and climbing you're doing.

Hope that helps,

Coach Jen

LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 25,971
4/24/14 6:10 P

I would not do anything without seeking professional advice.

Knees are tricky joints, and you can screw them up royally by using the wrong device.

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4/24/14 3:13 P

I am about halfway through a temp job that is very physically demanding. It has helped me get through a plateau in my weight loss. I am checking 288 small mammal traps and hiking over difficult terrain (going up and down steep hills in wooded areas, climbing over fallen trees, etc.) for 8 to 10 hours a day. By the end of the day my ankles and feet hurt. There's not much I can do about that except to use a foot massager that I just bought. I'm not sure what I am doing, but my right knee starts to feel a bit weak. It's not painful, but my knee just feels weak, almost like I have been putting too much weight on to the knee whenever I stop to catch my breath or to rest my aching feet.

I think that it would be beneficial to invest in a knee brace or a knee strap. I think that it would alleviate the weakness I feel in my knee from the all hiking, bending, kneeling, and squatting that I am doing. Which would be better for me - knee brace or knee strap? If I need to provide more info, let me know.

Edit: I am 32 year old. I am not able to do as much cardio as I would like because of the time it takes to do the job. I am only able to do intervals or go for a brisk to very brisk walk. Riding my bike is not an option since it is a road bike and the area is extremely hilly where it is paved (not ready for that much of a challenge even though I can do intervals on the same area). I don't have access to any gym equipment and won't have access till June. I am doing strength training 2 to 3 times/week and watching what I eat.

Edited by: FIELDWORKING at: 4/24/2014 (15:25)
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