Questions tagged [knees]

The major, forward-facing joint in the leg - joining the thigh and lower leg.

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Is running while overweight bad for your knees?

This one has been bothering me for quite a while. I've heard different opinions on this, ranging from There is absolutelty nothing to worry about, running is great for you! to You definitely ...
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Persistent mild knee pain due to squats - push through or stop?

Over the last 2 months or so of doing heavy squats (200 lbs - 262 lbs) I've frequently had pain in my knees. During the last 2 weeks, it's been especially persistent and seems to be mostly in my left ...
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Are there stretches or exercises that promote knee strength and prevent injury?

I've started cycling some long rides lately, and am feeling some knee pain. I don't know exactly what's wrong; I'm getting minor complaints from all over my knees. See my last question for more ...
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My knee is clicking when I do squats - should I worry?

I remember that I have always, even back in primary school, avoided anything similar to squats as my knees would do an audible 'click' every time I got low enough. It's not painful, or even unpleasant,...
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Exercises that can replace squats?

I've got a friend that's somewhat interested in doing Stronglifts, but for personal reasons she's utterly terrified of tearing up her knees from doing squats. I've tried to convince her otherwise but ...
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Why do my joints get unusually hot during workouts?

I've noticed that during my workouts in the gym my elbow and knee joints are getting unusually warm, warmer than the rest of the leg/arm. Is this normal or is this a sign that something is wrong? PS:...
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The 10-percent rule in running: how to start?

I'm 47 and I never ran for exercise in my life. I live next to an outdoor running track, so like everybody else during the pandemic I decided to start running: the very first day I ran just 1 lap (450 ...
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My knees come together when I squat. Is this ok?

I have been following Starting Strength for about a year and a half. I squatted 3x4 @ 285 lbs today. I was doing 5x5 sets, but read a suggestion on here to reduce to 3x5, and I immediately noticed an ...
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Can wearing tights while running cause pain in my knees?

A couple of weeks ago I got myself a pair of tights to keep me warm while running during winter. And since I've been running in them, my right knee is hurting, to the point where even simple walking ...
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Why are my knees hurting after a treadmill run?

I am trying to get back in shape and started running. After a few runs (treadmill at the gym) both my knees are really hurting. Is this due to a lack of stretching? Is this overcompensating for ...
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What did I do to my knee, and how should I recover?

First, let me make it clear that this doesn't feel like bad pain. It feels more like an overtraining/overuse type pain. If this were bad pain I'd be going straight to a doctor or physical therapist. ...
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Squats and deadlifts after knee surgery

I'm 22 years old and had knee surgery almost 7 months ago to fix damaged cartilage (I was a distance runner). The damaged cartilage was right in the weight bearing portion of my knee (medial femoral ...
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Long term impact of team sports and jogging on my knees

I regularly play football (soccer) and jog a couple of times a week for at least an hour. I occasionally experience soreness with my knees. I'm worried I might be doing long term damage. However, on ...
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Are there any exercises to strengthen and stop cracking in the knees?

I have cracking knees especially in my left knee and sometimes in the right one too, but not much. I have checked it they said it's nothing but it's uncomfortable. I dont like the feeling when ...
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How to combine running and squating within the week so that stress on the knees is reduced?

After more than a month walking at a fast pace everyday, my body seems to be adapting and now I need to walk at a ridiculously forced high speed in order to feel it sort of challenging. So I want to ...
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Knee pain when running

After a run (cross country, mixed terrain, ~4 miles) I sometimes get knee pain. The pain is located beneath the knee cap. It goes away after a while, but sometimes resurfaces if I'm walking. I've ...
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Strengthening muscles absorbing shock by running downhill

I've rapidly increased my running endurance this year. For the last years I was running max 12 km, in this year I've broken half marathon, and I've started trail running. After one run with 600 meter ...
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What should I look for in knee friendly running shoes?

Just as the title says. I am wondering if the air cushion in some sport shoes can reduce the pressure to my knees when I run, Now I wear running shoes which have almost nothing, I adjust the ...
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Are there any specific exercises I can do to strengthen my knee?

I find after strenuous exercise (competitive basketball specifically) that my knee needs a couple days to recover. Are there any specific exercises I can do to strengthen the joint and reduce my ...
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Knees are sore when running for the first 10 minutes but fine after?

I am training for a half marathon in October and have started my training two weeks ago. I used to run as part of my boxing training but gave it up 7 years ago as I broke my arm. I never ran far ...
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What can cause knee pain just below kneecap during a run, and how do I strengthen it?

After a little break in running I've started again, but now I'm getting pain just below the kneecap of one leg that gets worse when running and I can still feel days later in certain positions. The ...
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Is there any way to keep your knee problem free in the long run for a distance runner?

I found on the internet that people who are runners and run long distances surmount knee problems in their later life. I am a runner too and I don't want any kind of problems with my legs anytime in ...
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Stronglift's Squat method bad for knees?

I have been following Stronglifts 5x5 method for a week now. I am way too overweight: Age: 21yrs, Weight: 95kg, Height: 5ft6in. I started most of the exercises with lower weights than recommended by ...
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What are the best types of cardio exercise for someone with bad knees?

I'm looking for some good types of cardio exercises that are good for someone with knee problems, especially knees that have patella dislocation problems. I've tried the elliptical machine and found ...
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Knee Dysfunction- Baker's Cyst- How can I help myself?

I will spare everyone the gory details, but I went to my sports medicine doc yesterday and an ultrasound showed a Baker's Cyst had formed at the back of my left knee. My two options were physical ...
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How should men above 40 train cardio?

I am a 44 year old male that have been a bit inactive the last years and am looking to get more fit. I have always been fond of running as a way to get some cardio, fresh air and reduce stress, but I ...
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Excercises to try correct knees pointing inward

Since asking this question quite some time ago I have been on a quest to be able to squat. I quickly managed to solve the ankle issue I was having by stretching daily against objects under my desk at ...
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running with a bad knee

I hurt my knee about a decade ago. I want to run but I find running normally causes my knee to hurt, sometimes for days on end and it can hurt to bend or put weight on it. I saw a doctor about it. He ...
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Do we use large or small muscles when keeping our knees unlocked?

Part of my fitness routine involves standing for 20 minutes with the knees ever so slightly unlocked. The goal of this routine, theoretically, is to build up the so called "postural" muscles, which ...
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Sport that is less stressful to knees?

I have bad knees and wish to do more exercise to lose weight. Running and jogging is bad. Do you have other recommendation? I don't have a bike and my home just have no place for a bike. And I can't ...
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Knee ligament stretches

I have this problem. Since I'm a dancer, but I'm also a tad bit overweight, the strain on my knee joints and ligaments is a little bit bigger than it should be. So, a while ago I started feeling pain ...
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Squat calf machine v/s free weights Squats: Efficiency and knee safety

I recently tried to squat using the squat calf machine and I found it very practical and efficient for when you are training alone without a spotter. I have few questions: What are the main ...
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Should I run along?

I was advice to start c25k workout schedule in this post, but as I run, I am worry about my knees. Today is my 4th workout since the start of c25k. My knees have been strange since some years ago, ...
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Why is it so important to squat to parallel?

According to my understanding, which is based on Mehdi's video explaining how to perform the back squat, the reason why it is so important to squat to parallel is to avoid a muscle imbalance. In the ...
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Ibuprofen before exercise?

Is it a good or bad idea to take Ibuprofen (or other NSAID) before exercise to help prevent things like knee or shoulder pain? I have heard that (a) you should not, because it will mask the pain that ...
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What would be best squat stance and toe position for a person with weak knee?

I think i have some knee problems as I usually feel sore there after an intense lower body work day. Also I have noticed that I have some symptoms of a knock knee,so I want to know the best stance ...
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How to safely approach the lotus position for someone with tight hips?

I've got serious leg flexibility problems and have some lateral knee clicking and knee pain and tendonitis. Basically too much driving and cycling with no stretching i think. If I try and get into ...
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Dealing with torsional knee stress during Dance Dance Revolution

Playing Dance Dance Revolution requires a lot of pivoting in place, and the friction between my shoes and the dancepad causes torsional stresses on my knees. I'm not sure how one's knees fight such a ...
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Correct form for eccentric squats on slant board for treating patellar tendonitis

In the book by Martin Koban "Beating Patellar Tendonitis" the correct form for eccentric squats on a slant board for treating patellar tendonitis involves having the shins as vertical as possible with ...
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Patellofemoral Syndrome Exercises

For many years I have suffered from patellofemoral syndrome. My understanding is that, in my case, the cause is the relatively under developed VMO on both legs. I do a great deal of split squats and ...
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Is there any stretch (or place I can apply pressure) that specifically targets the ACL?

I had ACL surgery a couple years ago and things have been great. I've been running more and have some (very minor) discomfort in that knee. I really have no idea if it could be the ACL or not. Is ...
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Help understand chronic tightness behind knees

I work at a desk 10 hours per day. I'm also 45 years old. Not suprisingly, the backs if my legs are chronically tight. What seems unusual is that when exercising or stretching I always feel the ...
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Machine Leg Curl vs Glute-Ham-Raise

Often when arguing about the Leg Curl Machine being bad (eg. hurt your knees in many cases), people refer to the Glute-Ham-Raise as a way better (less harmful) alternative. To me, the movements of ...
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How to recognize a Runner's Knee?

I started my exercise routine back up in June and recently started getting into walking/running around my neighborhood on my off days from lifting weights. Last week I pushed myself a little harder ...
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Correcting squat form, mild knee pain, numb thumb

Basically started with the low bar squat (following StrongLift 5*5) but being very skinny (179 cm, 58 KG) the bar doesn't rest at the shelf created in scapula as described by Mark Rippetoe in this ...
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Is my knee pain during flexion a tendon issue? [closed]

I am a kickboxer. A few weeks back, I played an unrelated game in a field where I sprinted a lot. When I was finished, my left leg around the knee was really sore. Now, two weeks later, my left knee ...
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Squats technique flat feet

When I'm doing squats my knees go forward further than my toes. Also when I'm standing up I tend to move weight more towards my toes. I was told that this technique is wrong but it seems like I can't ...
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Why does standing for too long make knees sore?

I don't seem to get sore knees unless i stand still for extended periods of time. My knees are fine when I skateboard or do exercise though so it made me curious. EDIT: I skateboard for more than 4 ...
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Squats: point feet forward and externally rotate hips?

I saw a physio about a year ago due to some knee problems I'd been having, and while I was there he showed me how I could adjust my form in order to squat deeper. He said for me to point my feet ...
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What are good knee strengthening exercises to avoid knee injury?

I often have knee pain. I`ve been to the doctor already and luckily I don´t have any serious disorder. But I do need to strengthen my muscles around the knee to avoid injuries and pain. What are the ...