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    Trekking poles - Hep me please.

    My knee is crap. Two miles yesterday and I wanted to curl up in a ball and cry. I'll be calling my ortho this week to see about a cortisone shot. I think I need new shoes too...my dawgs be screamin'.

    Do you think using trekking poles or a walking staff would help my knee? I was looking at them at REI, you can get a set of nifty fitness tips for asphalt walking...

    It's all fun and games until someone ends up in a cone.

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    Yard sale ski poles with crutch tips would be a cheap way to try them out. If you like buying stuff, REI is a good place.
    It is a Schwinn. Bought it new in Sixty Two.

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    I think it would help but not nearly enough for your pain. I would give it a shot (or a variation like Vettekid mentioned).

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    Would you be more likely to transfer more weight to an old fashioned cane with the traditional curved handle? Seems more weight carried by whatever you use would leave less on your knee.
    It is a Schwinn. Bought it new in Sixty Two.

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    I hear that bicycle riding can be easier for people who have knee problems. Have you considered taking up bike riding?
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    You can try shorter but quicker strides, which will both feel odd and look odd. But the longer the stride the more the up and down motion, and the more the impact. If you do that, and watch your form, you might reduce the heel impact as well.

    Have you looked at proper walking technique?

    Doing a web search on walking technique (including videos) might help.

    Here's a short technique page, with a nice stick figure of proper impact posture during your stride: http://walking.about.com/cs/beginners/a/howstride.htm And also a long page length description of the whole technique. http://www.walkingconnection.com/Wal...ique_Form.html

    There are a surprising number of those pages out there.

    I hope you are icing after walking too, take care of those knees!
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    I think Creaky has a good idea (he beat me to it)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Touch0Gray
    I think Creaky has a good idea (he beat me to it)
    For fitness, and fun, yes.

    But I believe there is a desire to train at walking.
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    why?.........
    I'd rather learn to fly but I know my limitations!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Touch0Gray
    why?.........

    Are you questioning the wisdom or abilities of snapdragen? Nah, no one would be silly enough to do THAT!
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    Doktor - yes, we are essentially race walking, but no hip wiggle. Short strides, push off with the toes. We'll be getting a "refresher" course this Thursday at our track training, so I guess I'll talk to Coach and see what she thinks.

    I'm just trying to survive this last season on the TNT team, this will be my final year. Too bad I've found out I actually kind of enjoy this endurance walking thing.
    It's all fun and games until someone ends up in a cone.

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    They may well help; though I've never used them in the application you are thinking about.

    Saved me a helicopter ride out of the backcountry once though. I'd twisted and torqued my knee so much I was one step from non-weight bearing without them (and, I hate to admit it, bawling in pain despite having taken more drugs than I ever had in my life and keeping it wrapped in ice soaked wrap at all times). With them (and my buddies who took turns hoofing my pack for me) I managed to hobble out over the pass and to the car (2 full days of hiking) without dying and mostly without tears or screaming.

    See if you can't find someone that has a pair you can try so you only have to splurge on the tips if at all possible. They also tend to show up in used gear stores or at REI garage sales (just make sure you get a pair that aren't actually broken).

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    Quote Originally Posted by snapdragen
    Doktor - yes, we are essentially race walking, but no hip wiggle. Short strides, push off with the toes. We'll be getting a "refresher" course this Thursday at our track training, so I guess I'll talk to Coach and see what she thinks.

    I'm just trying to survive this last season on the TNT team, this will be my final year. Too bad I've found out I actually kind of enjoy this endurance walking thing.
    no hip wiggle??????

    sigh........what about the spectators?.....
    Of course I'm sure...that doesn't mean I'm right......

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    Leki poles are great for at least technical hiking and backcountry trips... buy them, if they don't work for your current plan then keep them in the garage and the could come in handy later...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Touch0Gray
    why?.........
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