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Family history of knee problems, have knee pain after doing squats. Any advice

My dad, my dads dad, and my dads brother all have serious knee problems. They all have had them replaced - my dad is about to. He was a runner, ballroom dancer, and tennis player; always very active. He started having really bad problems and gets cortisone shots in his knees every so often so that he can move around a little without excruciating pain. I ve always had weaker knees than my friends -even when I was in elementary school my knees would randomly give out. Lately I ve been starting to get some more knee pain and discomfort. I did some squats on the leg press machine which usually doesn t bother me, but ever since then it s hurt to walk a little or go up stairs. I m only 18, but have had shin splints because of flat feet (which I hear doesn t help knee problems). I was wondering if I should get this checked out or simply stop doing some things. If there s any advice you have to help my knees last a little longer than 40, that would be amazing. Thanks!
Asked On : Sun, 12 Aug 2012
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
i can understand your concern but I want to assure you that knee arthritis is age related problem and it is not occur so early, so till 40 you are safe.Unfortunately there are not much you can do to prevent it because all running,jumping,sports and dance causes knee changes, and you can not stop all this. I would recommend you to at least do not do squatting and cross leg sitting. Also no running on hard surfaces. I would also advice to your dad to avoid steroid injection as they are very harmful and in future can complicate knee replacement also.So avoid these steroid injection in the knee.
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