- Arthritis: The hip is a “ball and socket” joint formed by the pelvic bones (the socket) and the end of the femur bone (the ball). Both bones are covered with a smooth layer of protective cartilage; loss of this cartilage from wear and tear, inflammation, or injury causes arthritis.
- Bursitis: The hip joint and the large muscles that cover it are lubricated by five large bursa sacs and the fluid contained in the hip joint. Each sac produces lubricating fluid and functions to reduce pressure and friction around the joint. These bursa sacs can become irritated from injury, excessive pressure, and overuse. Inflammation of a bursa is called bursitis.
- Muscle strain: Three major muscle groups help to move the hip through a wide range of movements. Overuse and irritation of these muscles can lead to muscle strain.
- Nerve irritation: The major nerves controlling lower leg function cross the hip. Irritation of these nerves can cause pain through the hip and/or down the leg. Injury to the sciatic nerve frequently causes pain along the outer thigh or down the back of the leg.
Some hip problems can come from injury, but most of these hip pains come from a long term misalignment of the hips. Many of us pass it off to getting older or the results of activities we had when we were younger. If this were the case, then all our other joints should give us the same type of problems. The hips are designed for the purpose in which we use them. However, when the hips are out of alignment for a long period of time due to improper biomechanics of the foot, they will have abnormal pressure across the hip joint. This abnormality will cause excessive wear in the area that is getting too much pressure, which will lead to long term hip problems.
According to the Us Department of Public Health – “87% of all people in the US have a foot related problem.” This means that, even if there is no evidence of a direct foot problem, we could have a problem in our body that is foot related. Our skeletal system is affected in many ways by how well our feet (our foundation) perform. So, when we discuss foot related problems, we are not referring just to the feet.
Hip Pain can be caused by a foot related problem. When the foundation of our body has a biomechanical problem it causes problem throughout the body. When our arches collapse improperly the ankle is the next joint in line to get out of alignment. After the ankle gets out of alignment the next joint to function improperly is the knee. Once the knee gives away to its weak foundation the hips become misaligned causing undo pressure on the spinal cord and the effect works its way through the rest of the body. As we stand while working, walking playing our favorite sport or enjoying our hobbies, we are depending on our foundation (feet) for the comfort of the rest of our bodies. That is why it is so important to take care of our feet.
Socrates once said “When our feet hurt, we hurt all over“