Hip or sacroiliac (SI) pain, low back pain, thigh and groin pain, increased pain with walking or standing from a seated position can all point to hip, knee, or foot dysfunction. A decrease in pain when lying down is also a sign of hip dysfunction. Pain along the outside of the thigh near the bony prominence on the outside of the hip is commonly associated with bursitis. Knee and foot pain, difficulty walking, increased patella (knee cap) pain with jumping, squatting, and kneeling and decreased range of motion are all signs associated with knee and foot dysfunction.
Due to the complexity of the hip, knee, and foot joints, multiple sources can factor into your pain symptoms. As we age, arthritis and other degenerating joint conditions diminish the integrity of our joint structures. This may lead to soft tissue swelling and instability within the joints and surrounding structures. Other common injuries and disorders include dislocations, tendon ruptures, ligament tears, bursitis, tendonitis, infection, and iliotibial (IT) band syndrome.
In the presence of hip, knee, or foot pain, it is recommended to first break the inflammatory cycle with the use of ice. The concept of RICE(rest, ice, compression and elevation) can be used for healing. Use of proper posture and stretching can eliminate chronic tension and pain in the hips. Proper assessment of the feet is vital in the treatment of foot, knee, and hip complaints. Supporting the body with a pair of custom orthotics may help to reduce or eliminate pain and instability. In the event of chronic muscle tightness in the thighs, IT bands, or calves, the use of a foam roller is very beneficial in breaking adhesions and restoring proper length to the muscles.Our adjustments of the extremities have been shown to drastically reduce pain levels and improve overall function of the joint space.