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Learning to walk normal after knee replacement

Joint Replacements | Last Active: Jul 20 6:25pm | Replies (22)

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What everyone above said. PT was telling me I should be walking further then I could. I am 4 months out and can do about 30 minutes before it gets “tired”. I also cycle and do Pilates. Stretching was/is key for me. I was knock kneed so he straightened it and my muscles were all confused. At 4 weeks, I felt lucky to be getting my exercises in 5 times a day. My PA said you want to over exaggerate the heel/toe movement when you walk. I feel you have to retrain your brain and muscles.

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@sherrys77 is right when, "My PA said you want to over exaggerate the heel/toe movement when you walk. I feel you have to retrain your brain and muscles." This is exactly what they have you do in gait training. It is also helpful to walk down a hallway toward a mirror a few times a day to confirm that your posture and movements are correct.

Keep on stretching and trying. The rest will come if you are diligent. Have you tried backing off on the walking and amping up the stretching?

Sue

Walking in front of mirrors helped me.

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