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    Can't figure out knee pain

    Hello everyone,

    I know that there are articles everywhere on the issue of knee pain in cycling... And I've read most of them by now. I thought I would post here to see if anyone could help me possibly understand and figure out my knee pain and help me bike again

    I have been biking all summer stronger than ever.. Have funny knees, but they felt pretty good all summer. I moved from Michigan to Utah last month and since the move nothing has gone right... Haven't been able to bike without knee pain whatsoever. There is one main factor that could be the culprit but I can't seem to understand fully. The last year I was riding the Sette Enduro shoes with SPD clipless:
    Sette Enduro Shoes Shoes Reviews

    The enduro's were good shoes but were kinda heavy and weren't super stiff so I thought about getting something different. My friend happened to have a pair of generic stiff soled MTB shoes (Northwaves to be particular) that he gave me for free right before I left for Utah. They fit great so I took em out here and gave my enduros to someone cause I had enough stuff to move.. (bad decision) So since I've been out here I've had issues with my right knee hurting... I've played with cleat position and bike fit with no change.. It's not a sharp pain, more of a discomfort that builds the more I ride, deep in the medial side of the knee. In the joint. I've gone to my new doctor, and he seems to think that something in my knee might be off so I'm seeing an orthopaedist next week as well.

    Now my question!! :

    Could the new shoe simply be the issue? Would you suggest buying my old shoes again and seeing if that fixes it? Or buy a different stiff soled shoe? Orrrrrrr pay $150 to the shop and get a BG fit for my riding.

    Hope that made sense.. I tried to condense it. Thanks so much for help!

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    See the orthopaedist. I've had troubling knee problems for years since tearing a meniscus in 2002. Saw a sports knee specialist through Kaiser, got several MRI's and was diagnosed with some arthritis and scar tissue that either becomes inflamed occasionally, or the patela will actually get "hung up" on the scar tissue. The only surgery he can do is to go in and clean out the cavity. The results for this surgery are mixed. For now.....the last two years.....I've been getting Cortizone shots from him evry five months. Feels like a new knee for about four months, then gradually starts hurting when the new shot is due. We are both aware that long term Cortizone use deteriorates healthy tissue, but for now, it's a good, cheap solution for me. Shoes, float, etc may help a little, but if you have knee problems, you have knee problems no matter what you ride, or what you wear, in my experience.

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    my guess is the different shoe is causing poor alignment, northwave is a rather off brand shoe.I would give your knees a rest until you see your doc, maybe consider having a professional bike fitting and maybe buy a quality pair of clipless shoes with good rep such as SIDI.

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    Use a foam roller http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrV8K1N9068

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    Thanks much for the replies everyone! I've been planning on getting a foam roller and I'm starting some yoga. I'll definitely be thinking about getting a proper fitting and some different shoes if things don't go better after speaking with the ortho.

    Thanks again!

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    If the shoe's your only change, it's kind of a no-brainer. Regardless, good luck. These things can turn pretty nasty, so be careful.
    "Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." -Eddy Merckx

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