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Just an anecdote on acute knee pain

Discussion in 'Biomechanics, Sports and Foot orthoses' started by David Smith, Mar 31, 2009.

  1. David Smith

    David Smith Well-Known Member

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    Hi Guys

    Just a little story that I thought might be worth passing on.

    Been trying to get down to 94kg from 102kg for Brazillian Jiu Jitsu comp on Saturday. Got to 95.5kg and increased my running to sweat some more off. Went from Little Switzerland, down thru the warren (small forest below Folkestone cliffs) for about 1/2 an hour and then up the zig zag path to the top of the 200ft cliffs and back along the North downs way to Little Switzerland where I had started and left the car.

    Next morning OOOH! my knee, gone all tight and painful mainly in the posterio-medial/lateral aspect, Felt like hamstring and Gastroc insertions and perhaps capsule, I tend to easily hyperextend my knee. Anyway this afternoon while doing Domicilliaries my knee was killing and felt very unstable. When I got back to my surgery I put a 4dg forefoot medial wedge and a 2dg medial heel wedge addition to my old OTC orthoses that have been in my shoes for far to long.

    Result = Immediate pain relief i.e. no symptoms at and all feels like I could easily run on it again tonight. Not going to tho, I'll wrap it in an ice pack instead I think.

    I put the wedging in because it just felt as if that was what it needed.

    Sometimes after fitting an orthosis to a customer and at the 1st review, they might tell me they feel as if it need some addition or modification or other, I tend to listen to them and often it will work very well.

    Just a couple of things to think about that may also be useful for some.

    All the best Dave
  2. markjohconley

    markjohconley Well-Known Member

    Goodaye David, also losing excess adipose; when not getting my knee drained, i'm a walking round Canberra's central lake (power-style" when i think no-one's watching). My youngest son is black-belt "kano" jujutsu straying nowadays into krav maga, so practical!! my felt on sock lining cobra pad to forefoot varus wedge (1-2 level) worked great, for my short block 1st met shafts, for a decade until it started irritating my medial knee compartments (yep bigger bows than a geriatric cowboy).
    Not much to think about with my post, I was just lonely!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  3. David Smith

    David Smith Well-Known Member

    Fair enough Mark, any time you feel lonely just pop along for a cup of tea and a biscuit and a reminisce about when we were younger and quicker.

    You know, the older I get the quicker I used to be :empathy:

    all the best Dave
  4. CraigT

    CraigT Well-Known Member

    Got to agree with you there Dave. Usually if they say they think they need more support, they most likely do. I look at this as positive as it demonstrates that they have improved their awareness of their alignment and posture.

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