Movement question lower leg moving forward

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I had my right TKR IN 2009. While it's not as it could be, it gets me around. I'm a 63 Year old F In good condition 5'9 and 170 lbs. and have arthritis in most of my joints. That aside, in the last few days I've noticed a good amount of pain behind my knee. In addition my knee is stiff moving forward. It's stiffness is that the natural movement of your lower leg (after picking up) should be to swing forward almost naturally. It is not that difficult to swing it forward, but trying to remember with every step to use my hip to thrust my leg forward is difficult. Can anyone offer help?

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    Mosarie, I'm just wondering (only guessing) if there is a muscle weakness there.    IF it is, then I wonder if exercises, sitting with foot on floor and then lifting lower leg so leg is out straight, might help??????

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    Hi Mosarie!

    Welcome to the forum!😊

    I'm assuming that your back of the knee pain is coming from the knee that was replaced. I sometimes get twinges in the back of my knees, too. I had both TKRs in 2015.

    I find that the weather usually is the culprit. It has been raining here in Ohio since Tuesday!😵 Also I was scooting around in my crawlspace several days ago, and my knees were pushing in different ways than usual. I figure THAT probably contributed to the twinges, too.

    Some things I do are: 1) stretch by rolling my foot from heel to toe then holding the stretch while on the front of my foot pad. This works really well at the kitchen sink, holding onto the counter. I do this very slowly for about ten reps. 2) Sitting on a comfy chair with my legs out on an ottoman I bring my toes back toward my body while straightening my knees and engaging both quad muscles. I hold each stretch for several seconds then relax and repeat.

    You mentioned that you swing your leg forward and use your hip to thrust your leg forward. Maybe you are needing to stretch a bit to warm up BEFORE you get moving. Also, maybe the sudden swing or thrusting motions are hurting because they are jerking your leg/ knee. Sudden movements can be really painful!

    Try standing for a moment or two before you begin to walk. Also, try putting down your heel and gently rolling your foot to the toe area to take your step. I practiced this with bare feet so that I could really feel each part of my foot engaging.

    I needed to basically learn how to walk again following each surgery. I had been walking for years with bent knees, misaligned bone-on-bone knees and hips that had NO IDEA what to do!

    I hope these things help!😊

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      Thank you. I appreciate your thoughts and advice. I think perhaps the weather in Maryland is at fault too. We spent the past few "cold" months in FL. Maybe I need some antifreeze in that joint. Both hips need replacing as well as the other knee. I was hoping I could just ignore the whole thing but it looks like I need to do some new excercises. Perhaps I just got lazy after 8 years too.

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      I think we all will need to be diligent since our surgeries! I am two years post surgery but still watch carefully for fever which COULD mean INFECTION.

      Stretching seems to be a BIG help. A warm fleece over my knees feels cozy and very nice. My heating pad helps my arthritic back even better than medication.

      On the hips...Our neighbor had both replaced one year apart. They were a BREEZE compared to KNEES! 😊😊

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