It seems like a perfectly logical conclusion: My knee pain is being caused by a knee problem. However, this may not be true for everyone with knee pain.
In fact, knee pain is often caused by problems with your hip alignment. Understanding the actual source of knee pain is important. The information can help the 19.4 million people who make knee pain-related visits to a doctor's office annually. Also, it may be helpful to know that custom orthotics can help people with knee pain caused by hip misalignment.
What hip alignment issues cause knee pain?
There are many issues that can affect hip alignment and cause knee pain. A few such issues include:
- Leg length discrepancy — This condition occurs when one leg is noticeably longer than the other. It’s estimated that up to 90% of people have this condition to some degree. Leg length discrepancy can be caused by anatomical issues, but it can also develop over time due to muscle or bone problems.
- Hip osteoarthritis — Hip joint structures tend to wear out as the body ages. This natural wear and tear can cause joint inflammation that’s known as hip osteoarthritis. Having this condition can lead to hip pain and decreased mobility, but it can also lead to hip misalignment that triggers knee discomfort.
- Muscle injuries — The hip is surrounded by muscles that help it move in various directions. An injury to one of these muscles can be enough to cause hip misalignment. Such injuries can even lead to aching in the knee if they aren’t properly addressed.
How can custom orthotics help knee pain caused by hip misalignment?
Custom orthotics are one way to help address knee discomfort and hip misalignment. These products can help with these issues by:
- Addressing leg length discrepancies.
- Stabilizing the foot.
- Realigning your lower limbs.
- Reducing the impact that walking or running has on your joints.
Find help with knee and hip issues at Biocorrect
Need help addressing painful knee and hip problems? Our team at Biocorrect is primed to help you address your problems. We can start by analyzing your feet and your entire lower body. This can help us pinpoint misalignments and other gait problems.
Our specialists will then take a foam impression of your feet. Next, this impression is used to construct your custom orthotics.