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Grinding in both knees when climbing stairs, doing squats. Vitamins, exercises that helps?

I have grinding in both knees when i walk upstairs or do squats and/or lunges , really anytime that i bend my knees. My knees also crack very loudly everytime i bend down. it s not really painful mostly just a grinding noise that makes me sick to hear. I thought about trying glucosamin (sic) but i can never remember to take it. is there a vitamin or exercise i can do to help with the grinding?
Asked On : Sat, 26 Jan 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Feb 2014
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You might be suffering from patellar tendinitis or chondromalacia patellae, which causes pain in your knee when you try to climb the stairs. This type of knee pain related to overuse or physical activity.

Slight modifications in your life style can help.
- Do regular knee exercises (quadriceps and hamstrings).
- Always warm up before exercising and cool down afterwards. Stretch your quadriceps and hamstrings.
- Lose weight if you are overweight. Every pound that you are overweight puts about 5 extra pounds of pressure on your knee cap when you go up and down stairs.
- If you have flat feet, try special shoe inserts and arch supports (orthotics).
- Make sure your running shoes are made well, fit well, and have good cushioning.

Wishing you good health...
Dr Saurabh Gupta.
Answered: Sat, 2 Feb 2013
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