Knee, Hip & Lower Back pain
There are many different causes of knee, hip & lower back pain. One of the most overlooked causes of this pain is your feet. To understand this, think of a building built on weak or improperly engineered foundations. A poor foundation can cause the building to crack & potentially wear out much quicker. Feet form the foundation of our body & so if your feet do not function properly, you can develop pain in your knees, hips & lower back.
What do you mean by poorly functioning feet? Poor foot function could be due to foot pain causing you to alter your gait & this leading to increased strain on your hips or knees. Or flat feet or high arches can cause you again to walk differently causing you to compensate for these problems leading to lower back pain.
So how does a Podiatrist help treat knee, hip or lower back pain? We always work closely with your other health care team members (GP, Physiotherapist, Chiropractor, Massage Therapist) to properly address the cause of the pain. Once we have a diagnosis, a plan can be put in place to treat the problem – this may include exercises to strengthen your foot & ankle to better support the body, use of flexible orthotics & simple changes to your gait to reduce strain on other joints.
The most important point is call & make an appointment to discuss your problem or book online by clicking on the “Book Appointment” button.
The old song “The foot bone is connected to the knee bone, the knee bone is connected to the hip bone …..” is true. What happens in the foot/ankle will potentially impact the knee, hip & lower back. When someone presents with knee, hip or lower back pain, it is commonly after they have seen their GP, or Physiotherapist or Chiropractor.
And they have been referred because their health care provider has noticed they walk funny, or they have knock knees or flat feet or high arches or one leg longer than the other. All these conditions impact on the knee, hip & lower back. And when you treat or address these conditions, they can improve overall body balance, stability & reduce pain.
Our Podiatrist’s at Healthy Life Foot Clinic are trained to assess, diagnose & treat conditions other than purely foot issues. Treatment commonly used can include footwear advice, muscle/tissue stretching & strengthening, use of acupuncture, dry needling, low level & cold laser therapy, activity modification & flexible orthotics. Please call us if you would like to speak with us about your knee, hip or lower back pain or book online by clicking the “Book Appointment” button.