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Unread 04-18-2014, 11:22 AM   #1
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Calling those with weak knees :P

Ok so I got a new job working at a sports bar. I am enjoying it so far... except for my shift last night. It was a specials night on wings and it is the single most busiest day of the whole entire week. I was "running" (more like super fast speed walking) around tables, bussing them cleaning for big parties and then seating people and dealing with people who were waiting for 15 minutes (yes they complained on a 15 minute wait when other people who had been there for an hour were patient and understanding).
Anyway, last night was really rough on my knees. By the end of my shift, it hurt to stand, I was in pain and wanted to just sit down or stretch my legs and move my knee joints. I've always seemed to have weak knees, running would be more fun if it didn't feel like I was breaking my knee every time I would take a step.
I'm wondering if anyone has had success with knee braces for extended periods of standing and "running" (fast speed walking) around. I want to get one for each knee to wear during work. During my normal day around school I'm fine though. But I wanted to see what people think about using them for my job.
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Unread 04-18-2014, 12:06 PM   #2
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I've also always had weak knees and I hate running and high-impact footwork because of it. I waitressed last summer and spent the better part of eight or nine hours on my feet. Here's my experience.

If you don't have a specific diagnosed problem that requires knee braces, don't use them long-term. They're meant to give muscles and joints a rest so that they can heal, and if you use them when you aren't injured they'll actually end up weakening muscles that need to get stronger to solve the problem. Even when I used one for a few weeks after dislocating a kneecap in karate class, that happened. My knee was weaker afterwards because the brace stopped me from using certain muscles in addition to the tendons that were healing.

One really important thing to do right now, to avoid actually doing long-term damage to your knees, feet, hips and back, is to wear proper footwear. Don't cheap out on shoes. Get shoes that are designed for standing and walking all day. There are stores that specialize in work shoes for people who stand all day, like cashiers and nurses. I wore Doc Martens all that summer and while I had muscle aches from fatigue at the end of the day, I didn't have any tendon or joint damage.

For the first little while you'll be sore, just like when you start any new exercises that you aren't used to. Take hot baths when you get home, and use something like Icy Hot, Tiger Balm, or Ben Gay if you have actual muscle aches that keep you from sleeping or relaxing. (Try the topical creams and hot baths before you resort to painkiller or anti-inflammatory pills.) Before long you won't have to do that anymore because the muscles will be adapting to the workload.
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Unread 04-18-2014, 12:17 PM   #3
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One really important thing to do right now, to avoid actually doing long-term damage to your knees, feet, hips and back, is to wear proper footwear. Don't cheap out on shoes. Get shoes that are designed for standing and walking all day. There are stores that specialize in work shoes for people who stand all day, like cashiers and nurses. I wore Doc Martens all that summer and while I had muscle aches from fatigue at the end of the day, I didn't have any tendon or joint damage.
Unfortunately I don't have a choice in foot wear. We have to wear the black non slip shoes, there's some support but not much. I may look into getting insoles though to make up for the lack of support. Thanks!
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Unread 04-18-2014, 02:53 PM   #4
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As a retail slave who always has to stand for shifts, getting used to it is really the best/only bet. Make sure you have good comfy shoes, and in time your legs get used to the extended standing and quit hurting so much. I have an issue with tipped hips and swayback that gives me lower back pain from a long time standing still, here, so I definitely had to put up with pain early on (and found that just standing still didn't help, so I have to find excuses to move around).
And they make black nonslip well-cushioned sneakers. Not sure if you have Payless Shoe Source where you are, but I get mine from there. They're called something like safeT step crosstrainers, they cost about $40 a pair here but last very long.
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Unread 04-18-2014, 03:25 PM   #5
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Insoles are a good idea. If the pain is a problem maybe take some pain medicine before really long shifts? I do that with exams since sitting in those chairs gives me bad back pain.
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Unread 04-18-2014, 07:10 PM   #6
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I know the feels man. I worked in the toy department at walmart for one year and it wrecked my knees. going up and down kneel stand squat all day long. i had to go home each day and ice them. it sucked.

then the next 5 years standing all day in the bakery.

innersoles with good support is always your friend. also when you can. take a sitting break. even if you just have a stool nearby to sit for a few seconds.
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Unread 04-18-2014, 07:13 PM   #7
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It might just be a matter of using muscles you usually don't to that extent - and building those muscles.

If it persists I would see a doctor if at all possible before you do any damage.
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Unread 04-19-2014, 08:21 AM   #8
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Yeah if it's your first week doing that kind of work it will be murder on your body in general, especially if you're not used to moving that much.

Just work on getting used to moving around on your feet, walk (Don't Run or Speed walk) a bit more than you're use to every other day, so you can slowly build up strength for your knees. Never over exert yourself when it comes to moving fast, you can do damage that way.

Lastly. If you can't spend money on a good shoe, then get some proper insoles used for moving constantly, preferably sport ones. They're pretty cheap $15-$20 for some Dr. Scholls ones. I walk anywhere from 5-10 miles at work on a daily basis and believe me when you get better gear for your feet, everything else involving your legs feels a lot better.
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Unread 04-20-2014, 06:11 PM   #9
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Try to do exercises to strengthen your thighs-- those are the main support for your knees (oddly enough). I tore a meniscus in January and spent a month in physical therapy; the majority of my time was spent exercising my thigh to keep the muscle from withering. The stronger your thighs, the stronger your knees.

I work in retail and foodservice, so I am familiar with being on your feet and the safety shoes. Try looking at Shoes for Crews, they make really great no-slip shoes with varying degrees of support.
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I couldn't remember the name of the store. Shoes For Crews was it. These places know that certain colours and safety features are required for various jobs, so they try to put all that stuff together in one shoe with long-term standing or walking comfort.
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Unread 04-20-2014, 07:33 PM   #11
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Insoles and maybe a light support knee brace for days it's really bad. You'll get used to it eventually.
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Unread 07-07-2014, 04:45 PM   #12
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For me I went to my foot doctor, and they gave me insoles for my shoes and everything's been better since!
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