A Look at How Squatting Affects the Knee

Knees: What Does it Mean?

The knees are the two bones of your lower body. They support your spine and protect against injury from falls or other types of trauma. When you stand up straight, your feet move forward slightly so they touch each other at the top of your thighs. Your legs bend at the waist and then straighten out again when you sit back down.

Your knees are made up of three bones: the tibia (shin bone), fibula (fibular bone) and calcaneus (ankle bone). These bones work together to keep your legs straight. The tibia connects with the femur, which connects with the fibula. Together these connect bones form a solid structure called a “tendon.” The fibula and calcaneus join together into one piece called an interphalangeal joint.

When you walk, your knees bend inward and outward. If you do not exercise regularly, your knees may become bent too far inward. This condition is known as patellofemorphy. Patellofemorphy occurs because of weak muscles in the front part of the leg.

Weak quadriceps muscle fibers cause the knees to bend inward when walking or running.

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What Do You Need to Know About Knee Pain?

There are three types of pain that can occur in a person’s knees. These types of pain affect most people during the course of a life time. Some types of pain occur because of conditions that affect the knee joint. Other types of pain affect other parts of the knee, such as the skin or muscles.

Knee Pain Arising From a Knee Injury

A serious injury to the knee can cause severe pain and swelling. You can avoid these types of injuries by wearing proper protective gear such as knee pads. Wearing a knee brace can help protect against minor injuries and strains to the knee.

Knee Pain Arising From a Knee Disease

Some diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, can also cause swelling and pain in the knee. Other diseases that cause pain in the knee are osteoarthritis and gout. These types of pain can make it difficult to walk or perform simple daily activities.

Knee Pain Arising From Other Knee Problems

Some people develop painful calluses on their knees from kneeling down and rubbing against hard surfaces. Calluses can also develop on the bottom of the feet from walking barefoot. Some people develop a skin infection, which causes the top layer of skin to become inflamed and swollen. In some cases, a doctor can recommend over-the-counter medications to help with the pain and swelling.

Other cases may require a trip to the doctor’s office for stronger prescription drugs or surgery.

What Else Should I Know About My Knees?

Knee injuries can cause temporary or permanent damage depending on the size and location of the damaged tissue. Damaged knee tissue can cause minor aches and pains to the major inability to walk.

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Stiffness of the knee is known as knee rigidity. Knee rigidity affects your ability to walk normally or even stand up from a sitting position. The muscles in the back of the leg are most affected by this condition. Weakness in the knee affects your ability to walk or stand without pain .

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