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Tendon discomfort (behind knee/outside)(5 posts)

Tendon discomfort (behind knee/outside)Tommy-Boy
Jun 1, 2001 11:04 AM
Lately I've had some discomfort in the tendon/ligament behind my knee on the lateral side(outside). I thought maybe it was a seat position issue (maybe it is), but it only happens on the left leg. Could it be cleat alignment?

Thanks for the tips!
re: Tendon discomfort (behind knee/outside)ishmael
Jun 1, 2001 1:32 PM
had the same thing in also just my left leg..but then again i seem to have had everything related to the left knee possible..in that instance it wasnt a big deal, i chalked it up to pulling on the upstoke alot more..i think you can tell if its ligament(bone to bone) or tendon(muscle to bone) in the later case it seems to heal faster and just need rest and streaching...in my case anyway..take a day or tow off then ride slow and spin..dont forget to rest...feel it out after that..
re: Tendon discomfort (behind knee/outside)furnace
Jun 1, 2001 7:18 PM
I had this some years ago in both right and left leg tendons. I didn't know what to do about it, and my tendons were starting to get fairly sore. Then, by chance, I read an article describing this condition in a Velonews column. Usually it crops up in people because their outer tendon is pulled tight when cycling and rubs on the adjacent bone. The trick to stretching it out is a variation of the common standing stretch, you know, bend at the waist and reach for your toes. Well, instead of standing with your feet side-by-side as usual, stand with one leg in front of the other, feet crossed and as parallel to each other as possible, and stretch for 20-30 seconds. This will pull directly on the troubled tendon. Be sure to stretch both legs this way several times. I've been doing it for years and my tendons are no longer sore.
re: Tendon discomfort (behind knee/outside)X
Jun 2, 2001 7:43 PM
your left leg might be shorter than your right,
and is stretched out more than it needs to be, i.e. the saddle to pedal distance is too long
see if you can measure out the difference,
if there is one, you can run a thicker insole in your left shoe to compensate.
my $.02
re: Tendon discomfort (behind knee/outside)chris-a
Jun 2, 2001 8:15 PM
I bought a new bike this spring with clipless pedals, first time for me. I had exactly the same problem with my right Knee after every ride. I made a guess and adjusted the cleat to point my toe out slightly. Pain gone, period. Been on many rides since with no recurrance.