Hip Pain: Are Your Feet to Blame?
By Sara Butler
People associate chiropractic care with back pain, but the truth is that the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic see a lot of patients with hip pain. Hip pain can be the result of a myriad of issues, ranging from arthritis to injuries, but there's one common cause of hip pain many people tend to overlook: their feet. Yes, your feet may be the culprit behind your hip pain! Here's what the chiropractors want you to know about the relationship between your feet and your hips and what to do if your hips are causing you discomfort or pain.
What About Hip Pain?
Your hip is the largest ball-and-socket joint in your body. It allows for you to move fluidly when you walk, run, jump, and more. As your hip bone moves in the socket, cartilage cushions the joint to help prevent friction and pain. As you get older, that cartilage tends to become damaged due to normal wear and tear. This can impact the tendons, muscles, and bones in your hip.
Pain in the hip is usually a symptom of an underlying issue such as strains, sprains, arthritis, or even certain types of cancer. When you see the chiropractor due to hip pain, they will trace your pain back to its underlying cause to see what's really going on so it can be treated.
Symptoms of hip pain can cause pain or discomfort in more than your hip, it can also cause symptoms in the:
- Outside of the hip
- Inside of the hip
Occasionally, hip pain can travel to other areas of the body too. But luckily, once the normal function is restored to the body, patients often see their symptoms decrease or disappear altogether!
How the Chiropractor Can Help
If your feet are the real issue behind your hip pain, then the chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic can assess the way you walk and stand to help get a picture of what may be going on underneath. They may look at your shoes to look at the wear patterns on the soles and might recommend shoe inserts to help you keep your feet level. After all, level feet means level hips and level hips are far less likely to be painful!
If you're concerned about the health of your hips and your feet, then talk to the chiropractors at The Joint today!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Columbia, S.C.