Do you experience pain in your knees? Is is worse when you try to go up or down the stairs? Knee pain can be a common problem, especially as we get older. It can be caused by weak, overly stretched, or tight muscles anywhere along the lower body. If you ignore this problem it is likely to get worse. Below are some suggestions and moves that may help:
See a Podiatrist - If you've never been to one, now may be a good time to go. Foot problems can include flat or overly extended arches, pronation, weak ankles, and one leg that is slightly shorter than another. These can be corrected easily with custom made orthotics. They can also do wonders for sore knees.
Stretching Moves - Keeping the muscles of your legs limber goes a long way to help knee pain. The easiest move to do this is a hamstring/calve stretch (as seen in the photo above). To do it lie down on the floor. Raise the right leg into the air and hold it with both hands. Gently pull the leg towards your body until you feel a lovely stretch along the back of your leg. To stretch the calf muscle, point and flex your foot. Be sure to breathe as you do this exercise and hold the stretch for at least 30 seconds. Alternate with the left leg.
Strengthening Moves - Once your legs are adequately limber, it helps to strengthen them as well. The following moves work very well:
With practice these moves will become easier and will hopefully eliminate your knee pain.
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