As the old saying goes; the leg bones connected to the knee bone, the knee bones connected to the thigh bone and the thigh bones connected the hip bone. So, it’s no surprise your feet and your hips have a relationship and the health of these two structures directly affect one another.
Many factors contribute to hip pain such as arthritic changes and direct trauma. Generally, those who have hip pain will also have poor alignment or poor mechanics of their feet. Where you feel pain doesn’t necessarily determine the site of the trauma. If the foot doesn’t absorb shock or distribute it properly, problems can occur elsewhere.
Simply put, poor foot alignment from either your feet rolling in, rolling out or being flexible, means structures of the lower legs like your joints and muscles will eventually fatigue. This will present as pain from the unnecessary added strain that the twisting and imbalance places on the position of the knee and hip, placing additional and abnormal rotation forces on muscles where they attach.
It’s a chain reaction, particularly when you consistently bear weight. Through these structures the body will naturally compensate to allow you to continue to function. For example, the knee is only meant to move in one direction, when feet roll inwards and collapse, the leg will also rotate inwards causing malalignment.
Here at All Podiatry & The Shoe Co. we assess the feet, without addressing them, pain can be exacerbated and delay the healing process, compromising how well your joints and muscles recover. We can aid in properly fitting you with footwear that will help place your foot in better alignment, distributing your force and weight evenly which reduces stress in particular structures. We can also address your activity, whether this means modifying the intensity and/or duration and reducing the unnecessary load through the feet, knees and hips.
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