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CraftBeerChicCraftBeerChic Member Posts: 6 Member Member Posts: 6 Member
Good Morning All!

I was hoping someone had some tips and tricks to helping with leg/knee pain. I took a step backwards last week due to the pain. It starts at my knees and radiates down the side and the half. My preferred method of exercise is the elliptical. I am overweight which I know adds to the issue.
I appreciate any help. TIA!

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  • JthanmyfitnesspalJthanmyfitnesspal Member, Premium Posts: 2,815 Member Member, Premium Posts: 2,815 Member
    You need a professional for this one. Doctor or PT.

    I know that being heavy sometimes make it difficult to seek medical advice. (Some doctors and nurses are stuck on just advising you to lose weight. Duh!) Using phrases like "I'm trying to stay active, but I'm having a problem with my knee" can help them get it. Maybe for this problem you can get a direct referral to a physical therapist and skip the doctor's office entirely. Then find a PT you like. (There are a lot of them and they need the work, so don't compromise.)

    Let me say that I was devoted to the elliptical when I was heavier. It's a godsend and I hope you can keep at it. As you can see from my profile pic, I also love swimming. I went back to swimming when I injured my knee. Any sport in the water is perfect for when you're a bit heavier-- if you can stand wearing a bathing suit!

    Best of luck!
  • CraftBeerChicCraftBeerChic Member Posts: 6 Member Member Posts: 6 Member
    Thank you for taking the time out of your day to give me some excellent advise! The Dr keeps saying oh its a weight problem. How can I exercise when the pain is so severe it hurts to walk. After reading your post Im not going to except that answer anymore. Im trying to loose weight to take care of issues like that.

    I love my elliptical, that has always been my go to. I hate slowing the process down. I tried some new stretches today so hopefully I have a better result. Thanks a bunch! Good luck to you!
  • thisvickyrunsthisvickyruns Member Posts: 147 Member Member Posts: 147 Member
    try a physio, not a doctor?
  • ninerbuffninerbuff Member, Greeter Posts: 45,225 Member Member, Greeter Posts: 45,225 Member
    Betting it's your striding position on the elliptical. If your knees turn inward (common amongst very overweight people) the repetitive movement is putting a lot of strain on your LCL which would explain the pain on the outside and down the calf. It's going to have be a conscious effort to NOT let your knees turn in when you stride.

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  • azalea4175azalea4175 Member, Premium Posts: 215 Member Member, Premium Posts: 215 Member
    perhaps see a podiatrist or a fitness shoe expert. You could have fallen arches, and need arch support in your shoes. This was a game changer for me!
  • CraftBeerChicCraftBeerChic Member Posts: 6 Member Member Posts: 6 Member
    I will give this a try! Thank you
  • CraftBeerChicCraftBeerChic Member Posts: 6 Member Member Posts: 6 Member
    Ninerbuff I never thought of that. I will be paying more attention to my stride and correcting what needs changed. Thanks!
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