Your feet could be to blame for ankle, knee or hip pain!
You probably recall the childhood song – “the foot bone’s connected to the ankle bone, the ankle bone’s connected to the leg bone…” While this may have been a broad simplification, there is great truth in this elementary school tune. The human body is like an integrated chain reaction. This means that when one body part is working optimally – others will often follow. When one joint or muscle moves, it creates a chain of reactions in the associated muscles and joints. Poor mobility, improper posture or inactivity due to injury or surgery can cause significant pain in the affected joint or muscle but it can also create discomfort in other distant body parts.
Sudden joint pains in your hips, knees, ankles or feet?
On average, we take 10,000 steps each day. As such, the ankles and feet are commonly injured joints. Unfortunately, they are also the foundation or base of the “chain” and when injured, can create significant problems in above joints and tissues. When an injury exists, surrounding muscles and joints become over-worked as they begin doing work that they were not designed to do, in order to compensate for the injured muscle or joint. The result is pain, loss in flexibility and poor mechanics of the ankle and foot, leading to subsequent pains in your knees, hips and low back.
Flat feet and high arches can cause ankle, knee or hip pain
Did you know that individuals with flat feet and very high arches have greater odds of developing ankle, knee and hip pain? It is very important to look at the whole body rather than just being local in the approach of pain. When our Pedorthists examine the biomechanics of the feet, they are actually looking at the body holistically to see if there is any compensation when you walk. Sometimes we unknowingly load an area of our foot with increased pressure as a result of how we walk and this alone can lead to aggravation.
An orthotic or ankle brace can address the improper mechanics of the foot and ankle.
The solution for ankle, knee, or hip pain? BioPed.
At BioPed, we are the leader in prevention and treatment of foot-related conditions and promote a healthy and pain-free lifestyle for all ages. Our team of Pedorthists will best address your condition from the feet up.
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