What happens to your legs when you hike?

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When hiking, your legs are constantly in motion. This motion causes the muscles and connective tissue in your legs to work overtime. Over time, this can lead to fatigue and inflammation in the muscles and tendons of your legs. Additionally, hiking can cause damage to the cartilage that lines the joints in your knees and ankles. In extreme cases, hikers may experience knee or ankle injuries that require surgery.

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