Knee, Hip, Back Pain & Postural Fatigue
‘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.
How we can help you:
At Pioneer Podiatry, we work alongside other allied health professionals to treat the cause of your knee, hip and back pain.
Some of the conditions we can treat successfully at Pioneer Podiatry include:
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 knee pain in runners. The Iliotibial Band is a thick band of fascia on the side 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 stabilising the knee during running, as it moves from behind the thigh bone to the front during activity. The continual rubbing of the band 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 back of the kneecap with the thigh bone. PFPS is common in runners, cyclists, basketball players, young athletes and females. Typically, patients will complain of localised pain to the front of the knee 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.