Sunday, November 13, 2005

Hiking and Knee Trouble

It seems that trouble with knee joints when hiking becomes more and more common.

Often the reason for knee pain is overuse. Just think about speeding downhill on a steep hiking trail – something you should really avoid, even if you don’t suffer from knee problems right now.

What can you do to avoid and/or reduce hiking knee pain?

Here are a some tips to consider:
  • Wear proper hiking boots with good cushioning, or as an alternative...
  • Replace the insoles of your hikers with high quality shock absorbing insoles (like the ones from Spenco or Superfeet)
  • Increase knee support by wearing soft braces. You can get them in the local drug store or at specialized outdoor sports retailers.
  • Do not underestimate the importance of keeping your leg muscles in top shape.
  • Stretch you muscles before, during and after the trip.
  • Use trekking poles, especially when hiking downhill. Trekking or Hiking Poles not only help to avoid or reduce knee pain when hiking but significantly improve you balance and stability and therefore safety.
  • Finally yet importantly, consult your doctor before taking medication.

To learn more about how trekking poles can help you reduce or avoid hiking knee pain visit

All the best for your next – hopefully pain free – hiking trip!