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The Feet Feel better, but Now the Knees Hurt…

By Karyn Gallivan, MS, ATC, CSCS, NSCA-CPT, NASM-CPT
Contributor, Sports+Fitness Network

The knee is one of the most complex joints in the body –it acts like a hinge joint, but it also has a rotational component. It has some major ligaments, but also those soft, pillowy things called menisci. It mostly flexes and extends our knee; but this is complicated by the fact that, while doing so, it is also usually bearing our body weight or multiples of our body weight when running, or doing squats. And, if you think the knee is pretty straightforward, let’s keep in mind that the safety of the knee often has a lot to do with the stability of the joints above and below it. If the hip and/or ankle is unstable, then the knee in the middle tends to take a real beating.

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