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Many patients express fear of developing chronic knee pain due to repeated physical exercise, in particular running. There is often a fear expressed that that shock to the knee when that foot hits the pavement is slowly and inevitably destroying the cartilage, sentencing the athlete in question to a lifetime of chronic arthritic pain.
Obesity is a major risk factor for the development of degenerative joint disease of the knee, a potentially major source of chronic pain. And many obese people try to lose weight through aerobic exercise, which often involves running or walking; so are these overweight people actually doing damage to themselves during their exercise sessions?
A study published in the February, 2007 issue of “Arthritis Care and Research” examined the effects of physical activity over time in older adults—many of whom were obese—and found that perhaps all the worry about exercise and knee arthritis is not justified.
Subjects in the study were followed with knee x-rays...
Definition Ankle pain involves any discomfort in one or both ankles. Alternative Names Pain - ankle; Sprain - ankle; Ankle sprain Common Causes Ankle pain is often due to an ankle sprain. An ankle sprain is an injury to the ligaments, which connect bones to one another. In most cases, the ankle is twisted inward, causing small tears in the ligaments. The tearing leads to swelling and bruising, making it difficult to bear weight on the joint. In addition to ankle sprains, ankle pain can be caused by: Damage or swelling of tendons (which join muscles to bone) or cartilage (which cushions joints) Infection in the ankle joint Osteoarthritis , gout , rheumatoid arthritis , Reiter syndrome , and other types of arthritis Problems in areas near the ankle that can cause you to feel pain in the ankle include: Blockage of blood vessels in the leg Heel pain or injuries Nerve injuries (such as tarsal tunnel syndrome or sciatica )
Alternative Names Lower leg pain; Pain - shins; Anterior tibial pain; Medial tibial stress syndrome; MTSS; Exercise-induced leg pain; Tibial periostitis; Posterior tibial shin splints Home Care Begin the healing process with 2 - 4 weeks of rest. Rest completely (other than walking for daily activities) for at least 2 weeks. You can try other training activities, such as swimming or biking. After 2 - 4 weeks, and when the pain is gone, you can start running again. Increase your activity level slowly. If the pain returns, stop exercising right away. Warm-up and stretch before and after any exercise. Use ice or a cold pack over the area for 20 minutes, twice a day. Over-the-counter pain medications will also help. Talk with your health care provider or a physical therapist about wearing the proper shoes, getting orthotics for your shoes, and running on the right types of surfaces. For anterior compartment syndrome, your doctor will recommend treatment. For a stress fracture, see your health care...
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