Does anyone experience quad pain when hiking?
Having Type 1 diabetes, I do what I can to stay active, fit and healthy. I’ve tried to take up hiking. Being a avid cyclist and mountain biker, I have no problems in terms of cardiovascular strength. I can climb or hike uphill all day long.
Downhill is where my problems start. After about 0.25 km of walking downhill, my inside quads cramp up just behind the knees. It’s extremely painful and crippling.
From my reading, I think this is eccentric quadricep strain caused by the resisting gravity.
My question, is this related to diabetes? Does diabetes cause the muscles to toughen and stiffen causing more damage?