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7 weeks post op and I have been finding walking with or without a crutch challenging because I felt my knee buckled and felt unstable even though I have been religiously doing exercises and using the stationary bike to strengthen my weakened quads. Prior to the op I did lots of hillwalking and used trekking poles to help with my total lack of cartilage and subsequent pain. Yesterday, I decided to experiment with walking using my trekking poles rather than a crutch. What a revelation! I only planned on going round the block but my gait felt so much better and more natural than with a crutch that soon I was in a great rhythm and did 3 miles on off road paths through the woods and fields near my home. It felt fantastic. Yes, I was a bit swollen and sore afterwards, but this morning the swelling has gone back down and I can really feel how it has properly worked my quads and seems to have 'righted' my gait and given me more confidence in my knee! This morning I have been walking around the house with no crutch and my knee isn't buckling like before. I am in the UK and read some articles from the USA on using trekking poles to aid walking post knee replacement which made me think it was worth a shot. Totally recommend it!
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