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Mark Meekins 07-19-2006 11:35 AM

Hi.

I have been having this pain in my right knee that has been bothering me for awhile now. I would say, maybe 4 months, maybe a little longer. It has kept me from squating (deep squatting), because whenever I go deep in my squats, and get past a certain point, I start to feel pain in my knee.

Now I would like to know something. Can knee pain come from having lower leg pain as well?

I ask this, because I never had issues with my knee intill my lower leg also started to hurt. I remember how my lower leg pain started as well. I was warming up, and stretching. I was down in a deep squat up on my toes (I know you are suposed to be flat on your feet, but I was trying to imrpove my flexibilty so I could go flat footed) trying to strectch to get ready for squatting. While I was doing this though this time. I started to feel pain from my right leg. The pain was comming from the lower half of the leg, on the right side.

So I got up, out of the squat, and felt where the pain was comming from, and notice that I had some swelling on the area. So I thought nothing of it, and continued on doing what I was doing. So after a couple of training sessions go by the swelling is still there, and the pain in that area is still there as well. So I thought that I needed to take a break off from doing that stretch as it seems like I might have injured myself.

After I take some time off, even putting ice, and heat on it the swelling still didn't go away. So I go back to training to see what it would be like, but I did not include that strectch. Then when I started to squat though. I belive that is when I started to feel pain in my knee. Mostly the outter side of the knee, and back of the knee. I had to stop squatting, because of the pain I had in my knee.

So its been like 4 or 5 months since then, and my knee pain is still there, as well as the lump, or swelling. Which ever one it is. I asked around, and tried everything people have told me I should try out. Like strengthening your quads, hamstrings. Stretching them also. Nothing seems to help though. So it seems like it isnt my quads, or anything. Its that swelling, or lump thats bothering my knee. To be more specific to where it is. Its on the right leg. Lower half of the leg, on the right side. Its about a couple of inches from the ankle. It seems like it is on the muscle that runs along the side of your leg.

Well here is a link to a picture that should make it a little easier to see what I am talking about.

Here is the link: http://www.umm.edu/imagepages/9887.htm

The swelling is in the area of the Extensor digitorum longus, and the Fibula. No wonder why it seems like it is affecting my knee. Its seems those two places are connected right where the pain in my knee is.

Anyways I would really like to get this handled, as I would really like to get back to squatting lol.

So anyone know whats going on?

Frank M Needham 07-19-2006 05:20 PM

Can't say specifically about your exact situation but, bad or problematic lower leg/foot mechanics can give you knee pain. Case in point, my arches fell at some point years back and since I walked about 14 miles per day on the job pushing, pulling, and lugging customers and their gear around casinos I got extreme tendonitis in the knees. My fix was learning to do deep squats and hold them for several minutes at a time. Eventually the pain went away. I figure that the flexing and stretching of the joint in this way caused the inflammation to subside and eventually go away completely.

Jerimiah Childress 07-20-2006 05:49 AM

Yes, knee pain can come from the lower leg, and specifically the area that you are describing. The short time I have been practicing, pain and swelling in the area you are describing is typically a fibula that is out of place. The fibula is kind of quirky in that is non wieght bearing and is limited to a barely measurable amount of movement, but if it is out of place and is not allowed to move like it needs to it can cause alot of problems. It is not something that could be diagnosed over a message board, and if it is the case, it is not something you can fix yourself so I would get it checked out by a PT and it should be a pretty quick fix.


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