Yesterday, just to mix things up, I started to experience a fair bit of left knee pain about 3/4 of the way back.
I’ve had this before when riding and mentioned it to RelentlesslyCheerfulPhysio on Saturday. He said it was likely due to my knees not tracking over my toes and that I should probably have Don check out my form. On the ride, I was super conscious of trying to sit properly, but after the pain started I asked Don to watch me – turns out I was way over-compensating for what I thought were my knees jutting out and they actually stick way too far in.
Handy diagram below:
Left is how my knees should be, middle is how I thought they were, right is how they actually were. A slightly more professional diagram here.
Once I corrected my position I found it a whole lot easier, but it felt rather weird and completely like I was manspreading. This explains a lot and I realise now that I have also been riding incorrectly on the stationary bike for, like, ever.
RelentlesslyCheerfulPhysion phoned today about my x-ray results and all is good! He wants me to continue to work on the rehab and reconvene in a couple of weeks. We agreed that perhaps I should have Don check my running style in case I’m doing the knees-in thing when running, or even walking. If this is the case, it may well be the cause of all my foot, ankle, knee issues, so I really do hope that it is.
These bad habits accumulated over years really do come back to haunt you in your old age – work on that posture now, kiddies!