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Causes of knee, hip and back pain:

  1. Radiculopathy
  2. Patellofemoral pain syndrome
  3. Bursitis
  4. Ligament, cartilage damage
  5. Synovitis
  6. Arthritis
  7. Tendonitis
  8. Obesity
  9. Injury
  10. Degenerative Joint Disease

Relation of knee, hip and back pain to foot function:

  1. Abnormal foot function, particularly excessive flattening (pronation) of the feet, can cause external rotation of the limb.
  2. Pronation causes the limb to rotate inwards, leading to an abnormal position and potential pain.

Orthotics for knee, hip and back pain:

  1. Orthotics can be an effective therapy for certain types of knee, hip and back pain.
  2. Orthotics can reduce pain by preventing foot flattening and leg rotation.
  3. For pain due to arthritis, specialized orthotics designed to absorb shock and control alignment is critical.
  4. Orthotics can help prevent injuries by limiting leg rotation and foot pronation.

When orthotics work and when they don't:

  1. Orthotics work best for reducing pain in cases of arthritis.
  2. Orthotics may slow the progression of osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease).
  3. Adjustments are often necessary for optimal results, choose an expert in biomechanics and orthotic therapy. Reminder: Dr. Carter and Dr. Freels are Certified Pedorthists.

Choosing the right orthotics:

  1. The appropriate orthotic prescription depends on the type of problem.
  2. Pain on the inside or outside requires different orthotics.
  3. Orthotics should conform closely to the arch of the feet for most knee problems.
  4. Expertise in orthotic therapy is crucial for proper casting, prescription, and troubleshooting.

Preparing for the appointment:

  1. Bring any x-rays if available.
  2. Wear shorts or pants that can be rolled up above the knee.
  3. Gait analysis and biomechanical evaluation will likely be performed.
  4. The potential effectiveness of orthotics will be discussed.
  5. Multiple visits may be required for optimal orthotic adjustments.

Please note that orthotics may not be suitable for every case, and a specialist should evaluate your condition for proper treatment.

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