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Well for almost a month now my knee has been having a strange feeling. It's kind of hard to describe but it feels like its numb. I can feel it when i touch my knee, but it feels numb?? Umm it has a feeling of heaviness and feels full. It just over all feels funny. Its at the top of my knee. At first i thought it was just a one day thing, but it continued for a couple weeks. And it didnt start hurting until now. And the other day it hurt whenever i walked. Now it hurts for a couple minutes then stops. But the funny feeling is still there. My grandma said its probably growing pains, but i stopped growing two years ago. Ummm if this helps i did gymnastics from the age of eight until ten. Karate from 10-12. Volleyball from about 12-14. And did tumbling(basically gymnastics) from 13 to about 16. For christmas i walked about 2 miles to my destination then two miles back from where i started. I hadent exercised like that since i quit tumbling. I had no knee issues until recently.  Soo whats wrong with my knee?

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Dear Sarah,

This Chicago Podiatrist, Elmhurst Podiatrist & West Loop Podiatrist says.......
Your knee pain sounds like mild capsulitis or bursitis fluid in the knee)of the knee joint secondary to walking. You may have stretched the muscles around the knee with possibly the wrong footwear & or terrain.
There is no such thing as growing pains. Pain is not normal. In the past when kids would over-exercise, have the wrong gear or technique, not be the right physical build for the activity, they would injure growth areas. Many kids were fortunate to recover-but not all.
Go see your local podiatrist to see if it's due to your shoes
Fo now do PRICE
Protect- limit the movements that aggravate it.
Rest-Speaks for itself-rest it.
Ice- Will help if it is painful and a little with the swelling. Use heat for stiffness only after one more week. If it hurts-go back to icing.
Compress-Ace wrap  or knee sleeve
Elevate-Will help if it throbs or swells.
Continue with gentle range of motion.
Improvement will be slow-because the knee is used daily in all weight bearing activities.
Good Luck!
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All questions related to orthopedics of the Lower Extremities-with a specialization in Foot & Ankle Orthopedics & Surgery-Adults & Children Sports Medicine questions of the lower extremities-including runner's injuries. Second Opinion specialist in Foot and Ankle problems including fractures and revision surgery. All questions relating to foot and ankle problems in Children, Sports medicine of the foot and ankle Runner's and walking problems

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Board Certified in Surgery & Orthopedics of the Foot & Ankle. PRIVATE PRACTICES: Ankle N Foot Center.com, 2220 W Belmont Ave., Chgo., IL 60618 since 1979 Ankle & Foot Center of Elmhurst, 401 N.York Rd., Elmhurst, IL, 60126, since 1989. Physicians Suites, Bethany Hospital, 3435 W. Van Buren, Chgo., Il, 60624, since1980. HOSPITAL & SURGICAL AFFILIATIONS: Bethany Hospital, 3435 W. Van Buren, Chgo., Il.- Podiatry staff since 1979 Glen Oaks Medical Center, 701 Winthrop, Glen Dale Hts, IL – Podiatry staff since 1997. Elmhurst Medsurge, 401 N. York Rd., Elmhurst, IL, 60126, since 1999 Resurrection Health Care Surgery Center, 3101 N. Harlem Ave., Chicago, IL, since 1999 Chicago Neurologic & Orthopedic Hospital, 4501 N. Winchester Ave., Chicago, IL, since 2008 Organizations

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Member American & Illinois Podiatric Medical Association Member of the National & Midwest Academy of Ambulatory Foot Surgery. Member of American College of Sports Medicine. Member of American Medical Athletic Association. Member of Chicago Metropolitan Ski Council.

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Prolotherapy in the Treatment of Foot Problems Clinical Correspondence, June 2002. Vol 92- no. 6 Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association. Paper on Treatment of Delta-Phalanx of the Foot – submitted for publication to Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery & for Fellowship of ACPPS., September, 1998 Sports Medicine Consultant for the book-Triathlon 101 Essentials for Multisport Success by John Mora – 1999 ISBN 0-88011-811-3 Windy City Sports – October 1996 Marathon Issue “Keeping Your Feet Happy” American Running & Fitness Association, Clinic Advisor & Lifetime Member – Editorial Staff since 1990.

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Fellow-American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedists, since 1991. Fellow-Academy of Ambulatory Foot Surgery, since 1980. Fellow- American Institute of Foot Medicine , since 1987. Fellow-American College of Foot & Ankle Pediatrics, since 1998. Certified in Laser Surgery- by Wenske Laser Center, Ravenswood Hospital, 1991. Certified in Foot and Ankle Arthroscopy – by Doctor’s Hospital, 1991. Certified Preceptorship Director-Scholl College of Podiatry 1993-2006 Board Certified in Foot & Ankle Surgery-A.B.M.S.P., since 1987. Recertified 8/08 till 3/31/2012 Board Certified in Podiatric Foot & Ankle Orthopedics-A.B.P.O.P.P.M., 1991. Recertified 10/2003 till 12/2013 Board Certified in Pain Management-A.A.P.M., since 1990.-retired Clinical Instructor – Department of Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University 10/2007 until present

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