Example: I went hiking with a friend the other day.
Before I tell you the story I should mention that my friend is 32.
There was a light rain, which in Hawaii means the trail got really muddy and slippery. That little bit of slipperiness makes even the simplest of hikes into a physical and mental challenge. As we started the descent of our hike, I started to notice my friend shaking his knee out every few steps. I asked him if he was ok…He replied, “Must have twisted my knee on the descent.”
I said back to him, Yes and no.
He stopped and look back at me with a curious face.
I continued to explain that the cause of his knee pain was due to alignment, rather than a problem with his knee itself. In his case, the knee pain was caused by a right foot turnout (“duck foot”) that was causing altered knee mechanics.
Think about it this way:
To correct his knee pain this is what I suggested:
- Keep his feet parallel like he was on a set of skis.
- Slightly drive is knees outward so that if he looked down, his knee would line up over his second toe.
- Sit back onto his glute muscles especially on the downhills (again like a downhill skier).
(Rebecca does that for me all the time…but that is another story ).