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So I road 20+ miles in the mountains yesterday...tons of fun. This morning my right hip is 'clicking'. I've been able to make it do his in the past but now 3/4 of my steps have it 'clicking'. Never in 20+ yrs of soccer did I have this occur. There is no pain or swelling. It is just disconcerting. I don't think its slipping out of joint or anything. It is the outside of the femur head. I really would like to ride some today. It happens when I have planted my foot and I am pushing off. Hmm...maybe I strained some tendon struggling up the hills yesterday? :mad: Any thoughts? Should I rest it or just ignore it? I'm a newb and trying to get more miles in per week. Currently I am in the 20-30mile/wk but I was hoping to get in 50 this week.

Also, I have the beginning of a shin splint that I think was the result of a poorly strapped shoe. I'm more concerned about that. I plan on massaging it and applying ice. I think I'll rest today and ride tomorrow.

Ugh...hoping it is not my ITB band. I am slightly pigeon toed on my right foot and have read that this could be a culprit. I have yet to get a pro bike fit.:mad2:
 

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Google IT band stretching. If you do it right it'll hurt a lot- the IT band is very strong- but it feels good when you stop.

It sounds like you are using running shoes and toe clips. Try getting some cycling shoes and clipless pedals. They are much more comfortable and keep your feet in the correct position. You may want to get your cleats set up by a fitter at a shop.

My knees, ankles and hips all pop or click, especially after long rides. They did that when I was a runner too, and they hurt a lot more then.
 

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I've heard rumors that when your muscles tighten after a hard long effort that they can sometimes cause joints to pop like that just cause the muscle is tight enough to cause the joint to compact a bit... stretching and a hot bath with epsom salts were the supposed relief.

I don't have any source for this info, and it's only hearsay as far as I know... But in a way, it makes sense.
 

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If no pain it's probably no concern. I broke my hip and it did not bother me when I got back on my bike, still doesn't. My right knee used to click when I had my saddle in a certain position but it stopped doing it. You don't use your hip that much when you are cycling, it's more stable.
 

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Most likely it is a ligament or tendon that is now inflamed and slightly swollen. When swollen it is slightly larger and can get temporarily stuck instead gliding smoothly over the underlying structures. When it suddenly releases it can click, snap, pop or otherwise produce the unusual sensation you are having. Rest, NSAID, ice and Omega-3 oils will help.

Check your position and body mechanics on the bike. Ergonomics can make a huge difference. See a Physical therapist or Sports Medicine specialist who cycles and have a through hands on exam. MRI's can be very misleading and can put you in the OR unnecessarily.
 
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