In your mind’s eye you may see hip pain as something that is reserved for…people older than you. The gray-haired type that use a cane or walker and spend their days knitting, watching old Western movies, and starting conversations with phrases like, “Well back in my day…” That pain in the hip you’re feeling? You’re not old enough for that, right? You’re an active adult, full of life, and there’s no way that hip pain is going to slow you down. So what are you going to do about it? Pinpointing the source of hip pain now will help keep you going like the Energizer Bunny.
Hip Pain Causes
First, you have to get the notion out of your head that only the elderly experience hip pain. True, on some level we all experience more aches and pains as we get older, but your health and lifestyle are also directly related. The type of work you do, the sports you participate in, how often you exercise, how healthy you are, and any injuries you’ve experienced are all related to hip pain.
The location of your hip pain can provide a good indication of its cause – and so can determining if you’re feeling pain in other areas of your body. For example, if you’re feeling pain on the inside of your hip or groin, you probably have a problem with the hip joint; while pain on the outside of your hip or your upper thigh is more likely to be caused by problems with your muscles, ligaments, or tendons.
If you’re also experiencing chronic foot pain and pain in other areas of your body, then you may be surprised to learn that your feet are a likely cause of pain in the hip.
How Your Feet Are Related
Your feet support the weight of your entire body, so when you really stop to think about it, if something is wrong in your feet the rest of your body is affected. In this case, we’re talking about foot misalignment. This is caused by the ankle bone slipping off the heel bone, causing an excessive inward rotation of the ankle and outward rotation of the foot. It’s also commonly referred to as over-pronation.
If your feet are misaligned, this will turn the knees and hips inward, tilting the pelvis and ultimately causing the spine to become curved and put pressure in places where it shouldn’t be.
When the hips turn inward, it causes excessive joint motion that leads to wear and tear and over stretching the nerves. Pain in the hip is a symptom of what is going on in the joint, and if ignored the pain will continue and even get worse.
Treatment for Misaligned Feet
There is a quick, easy, and effective treatment available called HyProCure®. It’s a minimally invasive procedure that places a small titanium stent into the naturally occurring space between the ankle and heel bone, stabilizing the ankle and correcting the excessive inward rotation. It’s an outpatient procedure that allows you to leave the office in a walking boot.
You’ll be back to wearing your own shoes within 3 to 5 days. Patients are typically under twilight sleep or local sedation and experience no pain during the procedure. Additionally, most patients experience little to no discomfort after the procedure.
If pain in the hip is affecting your lifestyle, it’s worth finding out if the underlying cause is misaligned feet. If you’re visiting or living in the New York area, contact a podiatrist in NYC at Adler Footcare.
Adler Footcare is classified as a Center of Excellence for HyProCure® implantation, by the Graham International Implant Institute, because of the safety, expertise and experience offered to patients. At Adler Footcare we believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.
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