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Re: Patella tracking disorder
I suffer from Patella tracking disorder and it is indeed a case where the
knee cap slides up and down in the groove but rubs against the edge because
it isn't held in place properly. This can be very painful, especially
during distance hikes obviously.
The fix was a knee brace with a "patella sleeve" or "patella window" that
holds the knee cap in place as you walk. The long term fix is hours in the
gym strengthening the muscles around the patella so that they can hold the
knee cap in place without the brace. Usually it's cause by having outer
muscles stronger than the ones on the inside of the knee. Ask your local
physical trainer/doctor for specific exercises.