Hip pain can be debilitating as the hip joints connect our legs to our pelvis, and subsequently transfer a lot of motion and stress up the body. If the biomechanics of our feet are unstable or incorrect, then it is quite possible that the hips may suffer as a result of this excess motion causing hip pain.
As with most injuries or pain, the cause can either be acute, where the pain will appear suddenly, or hip pain may be the result of an overuse injury where the pain will gradually worsen with time.
As podiatrists we generally deal with the overuse injuries, because these are very often due to abnormal foot biomechanics, where the feet are not functioning properly.
One common overuse injury of the hip is greater trochanteric bursitis. The greater trochanter is a bony structure located within the hip joint and associated bursa, which is a fluid-filled sac that helps lubricate the joint.
This bursa can become inflamed and painful, and the tendons around the area may also become involved.
One common cause of this condition is unstable excessively pronated feet and poor pelvic alignment.
Hip pain due to greater trochanter bursitis is a condition that responds well to conservative treatment if treated early. If disregarded, symptoms and treatment can last for several months. Conservative treatment often involves:
WARNING : This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace professional podiatric advice. Treatment will vary between individuals depending upon your diagnosis and presenting complaint. An accurate diagnosis can only be made following personal consultation with a Podiatrist.