Thanks. The cracking sound itself doesn't cause any pain, but the left knee feels sore when I put it into full flexion, and I experience a general soreness when I get up and walk, though it seems to go away after I have moved around some.
Thanks for answering. I recently had over two weeks off from lifting. I was out on a military exercise for 12 days, and lost about 12 - 13 kg of bodyweight. I have gained pretty much all of the weight back now, and I have been working the weights up slowly. I have increased frequency and volume just recently, but if that was the reason the pain should have appeared after a while and not as acute as it did. The only big change I did is that I switched from bare foot to olympic weightlifting shoes.
Thanks for the reply. By smashing your thighs into your calves do you mean using a really fast descent and bouncing out of the turnaround point? I think I have a relatively controlled eccentric. I have contacted a coach who is an expert in performance training and rehab, so I'll see what he has to say about the case.
Thanks. I'll try to widen it a tad, but it feels natural to have a somewhat narrow stance on front squats.
I have doubled the dose of my fish oil intake in hope that the anti-inflammatory effects will help. I'm training lower body tomorrow with deadlifts, romanians, split squats and reverse sled drags, but I will lay off front squats for another 5 days to see if they are the cause of the problem.