Causes of knee, hip and back pain:
- Patellofemoral pain syndrome
- Ligament, cartilage damage
- Degenerative Joint Disease
Relation of knee, hip and back pain to foot function:
- Abnormal foot function, particularly excessive flattening (pronation) of the feet, can cause external rotation of the limb.
- Pronation causes the limb to rotate inwards, leading to an abnormal position and potential pain.
Orthotics for knee, hip and back pain:
- Orthotics can be an effective therapy for certain types of knee, hip and back pain.
- Orthotics can reduce pain by preventing foot flattening and leg rotation.
- For pain due to arthritis, specialized orthotics designed to absorb shock and control alignment is critical.
- Orthotics can help prevent injuries by limiting leg rotation and foot pronation.
When orthotics work and when they don't:
- Orthotics work best for reducing pain in cases of arthritis.
- Orthotics may slow the progression of osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease).
- 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:
- The appropriate orthotic prescription depends on the type of problem.
- Pain on the inside or outside requires different orthotics.
- Orthotics should conform closely to the arch of the feet for most knee problems.
- Expertise in orthotic therapy is crucial for proper casting, prescription, and troubleshooting.
Preparing for the appointment:
- Bring any x-rays if available.
- Wear shorts or pants that can be rolled up above the knee.
- Gait analysis and biomechanical evaluation will likely be performed.
- The potential effectiveness of orthotics will be discussed.
- 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.