Most of us have sung the catchy children’s tune “Dem Bones” at one point or another. This skeleton song reminds us that “the foot bone’s connected to the leg bone, the leg bone’s connected to the knee bone” and so forth. The reality is there is a lot of truth in that little tune, particularly when it involves how hip pain can develop.
The hip is a weight-bearing joint and is designed to withstand a great amount of stress as we put our bodies through the rigors of life. While this joint can endure a great amount of force, a structural imbalance in your feet can impact how well the hip is able to function. Imagine the foundation of your house. If your house were built on a crooked foundation, the entire house would lean and would not be structurally sound. The same is true for your body. Your feet are your foundation. When you walk, the force put on each foot can be as much as five times your body weight. If an injury or an abnormal foot structure is present, your feet can’t absorb the shock as they are supposed to, and your knees, hips, and lower back will all pay the price trying to accommodate.
Flat feet in particular could be a reason for your hip pain. This is when the arch of your foot has collapsed and the entire sole touches the floor when you stand. Flat feet tend to roll inward when you walk or run, which then puts stress on your knees and then hips during each stride.
If you want to know whether your aching hip is starting with your feet, we can help. Dr. Sanjay Patel can do a thorough evaluation and pinpoint the exact reason for your pain and whether your feet are to blame. Contact Family Foot Care & Surgery today for an appointment. Call our office in Milford, CT at (203) 876-7736 or in Hamden, CT at (203) 288-4055.