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Offline Plectrude

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Podiatrist made the difference
« on: August 20, 2012, 06:15:09 PM »
Hi all,

Not a longtime poster but a longtime lurker. I'm not an avid sportsman but like to walk & dance. I've had 1 year of left lateral knee pain that I've tried to treat with many sessions of physiotherapy. Diagnostic was some pain from the LCL / pereonal nerve but I was afraid the lateral meniscus was involved as well. Exercises were to put more strength in quads and have more hip flexibility. Somedays my knee prevented me to walk more than 5-10 mins, some nights it prevented to sleep. I was taking some 2 x 200mg ibuprofen on bad days.

Long story short, the physiotherapy was expensive and going nowhere. I've seen on the side an osteopath that confirmed the LCL / pereonal nerve diagnosis but said he could not help me much but he knew of the solution. The solution was as simple as seeing a podiatrist to readjust the feet alignment. I had good shoes but the way my feet / legs are it put a lot of stress on my lateral left knee.

Since I have my new shoes / soles, I can walk 20 kms in a day without any pain at all! The pain disappeared in 2-3 days. The only downside is that podiatrist are expensive if you don't have insurance or have a MD prescribe it.

Now I know that I haven't had a bad injury like some of you have but sometimes the answer can lie in the shoes for insidious chronic pain. In my case it did.
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Offline kate-emma

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Re: Podiatrist made the difference
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2012, 07:22:12 PM »
Absolutely great advice. I have seriously bad flat feet and I made orthotics as a kid. As I grew I demanded not to wear them anymore. I grew out of them and my feet got better. I thought that was it. My Physio now believes my knee problems could have easily been avoided had I kept my orthotics on. It's too late to undo the damage done to my right knee but once surgery is over I'm straight back to a podiatrist to get this fixed again. I was stupid and hag leg, feet, knee and hip pains as a teen and thought nothing of it - one soccer collision later and I know it could have been avoided, that I might not now be headed for major surgery.

If you have leg pains at all, no matter how minor, you gotta see a podiatrist and specialist cause trust me - orthotics are expensive but so, so much better than extensive knee physio and surgery!
may 27 2012; kneecap dislocation, mcl tear, mpfl tear, bone chip, immobilizer
june 3; physio started for vmo strengthening
july 26; kneecap dislocates again, mpfl torn in half
august 10; specialist demands mpfl reconstruction and tto