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Lateral knee instability
« on: August 16, 2011, 07:11:35 PM »
Ugh... I've developed another knee injury in addition to the one I already have (which is an osteochondral fracture on the medial side).  At least it's only in my right knee this time (as opposed to both).

Basically, the lateral side of my knee feels very unstable while walking around.  It feels like it's going to give out.  Even just standing still, it feels like there is a "fullness" or instability in that part of the knee.  I also feel the pain while cycling -- when my foot is almost at the bottom of the downstroke, but not quite.

Despite my inability to run, I forced myself to run anyway about 50 feet, and interestingly enough I did not feel the lateral knee pain during this.  I also do not feel the knee pain going up or down steps (in fact going up and down steps is a relief for the pain).   Only while walking and standing.

I can't figure out what it is.  It doesn't really match the symptoms of IT band friction syndrome because there's no concentrated point of pain near the femoral condyle.  It's more of a general 1 foot area that just feels -- for lack of a better word -- weird.  In addition, I've been performing all of the standard treatments for an IT band injury (1 month no cycling, foam rolling, IT band stretches, glute & hip exercises, and so on...) and the injury has not responded.  And nobody ever says they feel instability with an IT band injury.

So maybe it's a lateral ligament thing?  I really have no clue.