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Knee / Hip / Back Pain / Postural Fatigue
Remember….. ‘Your feet are the FOUNDATION for your posture’.
Your body is linked like a kinetic chain. If you have poor foot posture and function, this will directly affect how your knees, hips and lower back will function. Your knees, hips and lower back require a balanced and supportive foundation, otherwise they have to work harder and will become posturally fatigued and symptomatic.
At Foundation Podiatry Townsville we work alongside other allied health professionals to treat the cause of your knee, hip and back pain.
Below are some of the conditions treated successfully at Foundation Podiatry:
Leg Length Discrepancy (LLD)
A true or structural leg length discrepancy can occur from a previous broken leg, bone infection or bone disease, following a knee or hip replacement or an unknown cause. A true LLD will cause the body to compensate in any way it can to keep the eyes level. This compensation pattern may cause pain in different areas such as knees hips and lower back.
Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS)
ITBS is one of the leading causes of lateral knee pain in runners. The iliotibial band is a thick band of fascia on the lateral aspect of the knee, extending from the outside of the pelvis, over the hip and knee, and inserting just below the knee. The band is crucial to stabilizing the knee during running, as it moves from behind the femur to the front of the femur during activity. The continual rubbing of the band over the lateral femoral epicondyle, combined with the repeated flexion and extension of the knee during running may cause the area to become inflamed.
Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS)
PFPS is a syndrome characterised by pain or discomfort originating from the contact of the posterior surface of the patella (back of the kneecap) with the femur (thigh bone). PFPS is common in runners, cyclists, basketball players, young athletes and females. Typically patients will complain of localized anterior knee pain which is exacerbated by sports, walking, stair climbing, or sitting for a long time.
‘Knock’ knees or ‘bow’ knees
Having knock knees or bow knees (genu valgum or varum) will cause uneven wearing of one side of the knee compartment resulting in joint space narrowing and osteo-arthritis. Customised Foot Supports (Orthotics) with specific wedging may help to balance the load going through the inside and outside compartment of the knees.
Knee / Hip Arthritis and Replacements
If your feet are not functioning properly this will directly affect the joints above. For some people the underlying or contributing cause of their knee, hip and lower back pain is their faulty foot mechanics.
If you suffer from knee, hip or lower back pain that is not responding to other treatments – then your foot posture may be the culprit! Give Foundation Podiatry Townsville a call today.