I am avid walker and walked on a manual treadmill for almost 4 years regularly the only way I can keep my weight under control. In 1999 I suddenly developed a pain (no trauma) in my right knee (outer knee joint) which got progressively worse to a point where I could hardlly walk a few steps and I had to get a handicap parking. Resting would relieve the pain. As the pain worsened, knee became inflexible, and feet started dragging. Lifting leg is a problem and pain radiated to the lower leg. Went to an ortho, first one could not pinpoint based on X-ray and MRI, so asked me to live with the pain. The second Ortho said he was pretty sure it was minescus tear and did an arthrscopy, but could not find anything. After Physiotherapy I started walking again and was back up to about 4 miles everyday and lost significant weight. For the past one year the pain has come back. Exact same symptoms, knee starts hurting after few (5) min of walking or moving around, becomes less flexible to the point where I cannot lift my left to wear my pants. The pain radiates to the muscle on the right side of my shin bone and travels to the right (above the ankle knot) and eventually feel constriction in my ankle.
Went back to a Ortho (different country) and he suspected it was not the knee and is a chronic compartment syndrome and asked me to go to a Physio who negated it. He said it was Rheumatoid problem. The rheumotologist said it is a nerve problem, went to a neurologist who thought it was a joint problem which is when I gave up. So basically went a full circle and spent a lot of money.
Sorry about the long email, but any ideas? Thanks