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Hip and Knee Pain Can Begin in the Feet

You’ve probably heard the classic children’s song before: the leg bone’s connected to the hip bone, the hip bone’s connected to the back bone—and on and on. It’s simple but insightful, reminding us that everything in our bodies is connected. When you have knee pain or hip pain, knowing everything is connected could be the key to eliminating your discomfort. Sometimes the source of the problem is somewhere you might not expect—your feet.

Foot Bone Connected to the Leg Bone

You can see quite clearly in the feet and legs how interconnected your body is. So many muscles and tendons start in the lower legs and run down into the feet. When something happens to your foot structures, it strains these tissues further up in the leg as well. This can lead to knee pain and hip pain later on. One of the most common culprits for joint pain in the legs is low or fallen arches.

Flat feet allow your midfoot to overpronate, or roll too far inward when you take a step. The extra motion there stresses your ankles and the tissues in your lower legs. They have to work much harder to support you. Over time, this altered alignment strains the knee joint and may cause discomfort. This, in turn, forces the hips and even the lower back to do more, so you stay upright and moving. You end up with uncomfortable joints further up your legs, while the real issue in your feet may go unnoticed.

Fixing the Feet, Relieving the Legs

It’s important to have your feet checked as well when you have your knee pain or hip pain investigated. Specialists like Dr. Joel W. Brook, Dr. David R. Northcutt, Dr. Irene Arroyo and Dr. John Baca will be able to tell you if your discomfort is connected to a lower limb problem. Our staff here at Dallas Podiatry Works will use diagnostic tests and images to see if your arch shape and height could be causing alignment issues that would hurt your knees or hips. If they are connected, we will help you determine the best treatments for you to eliminate your pain and allow your joints to recover.

Changing your shoes or adding orthotics can make a significant difference in your lower limb comfort. Make sure you wear footwear that will brace your arch and help you maintain proper foot alignment when you’re active. Avoid both high heels and super flat shoe models, since these allow your arch to collapse inward. You may need custom orthotics to help meet your exact support needs. Sometimes stretches and exercises can help, too. They loosen any over-tightened tissues, while building strength in the ones that support your arch.

Although having your feet checked when you have knee pain or hip pain may not be your first thought, you shouldn’t ignore the possibility that they are connected. Don’t just hope your joint discomfort will get better on its own. If you live in Dallas, Plano, Frisco, or Allen area, let Dallas Podiatry Works help you find relief. Call either of our two office locations or use our website contact form to reach us: (972) 566-7474 for the Dallas office; (972) 943-3323 for the Plano location.

"I did 3 EPAT treatments and it gave me tremendous relief from my plantar fasciitis. I highly recommend this for anyone who is dealing with PF. Also, the physical therapist Dr. Brook sent me too is fantastic. I am definitely on the mend and so glad I did EPAT."- All H. 5 star
"Dr Northcutt is a fantastic physician. My first surgery with him (although painful), went very well. A couple of issues (with his staff) needed to be corrected, I appreciated his calm and professional demeanor and he corrected those issues promptly. He sets the bar high (the mark of a great physician), and that is the key reason why I'm coming back to him to correct my other foot. I would highly recommend him."- She B. 5 star
"The staff at Dallas Podiatry Works could not have been more courteous, helpful, and professional in doing their job. They made me feel comfortable when I was there, which is certainly appreciated. They answered all the questions that I had and just made each visit the most pleasurable that it could be. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing this type of care."- Joseph B. 5 star
"My experience was a good one from pre-op to post -op. I saw the doctor right before my surgery.He explained the process to me and my husband. The recovery nurse was great. It was neither crowded or chaotic as some day surgery centers. My foot is doing well as I follow instructions. I look forward to my one week progress visit!"- Patricia T.5 star
"I had dealt with a painful foot problem for five months and had seen three different Doctors before seeing an article in D Magazine about Dr. Joel Brook. Dr. Brook took one look at my foot, explained the causes for my pain and set me up on a successful treatment plan. He is very knowledgeable, thorough and exhibits a caring attitude. I highly recommend him."- Ginger W. 5 star
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