Ignored foot pain may affect knees, hips and back

 Ignored foot pain may affect knees, hips and back


An article on the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeon's website suggests that foot problems such as bunions, hammer toe and arthritis may affect an individual's gait and cause pain to travel upward to the ankle and beyond.

The feet are the first in a chain of body parts consisting of joints, bones and ligaments. When one link in a chain is off-kilter, it has the ability to affect all other links down the line, the article states.

When foot pain stemming from bunions or arthritis causes a person to change the way their foot hits the ground, this can throw off the movement of the ankles, knees, hips and back. So, ignored foot conditions may actually be the cause of lower back pain.

Additionally, this alteration in movement may cause joints and ligaments to wear in ways they were not meant to, which may lead to severe complications like arthritis.

Luckily, this does not necessarily mean that a trip to the surgeon is in order since many podiatrists recommend the use of bunion splints or orthotics to prevent or treat bunions, hammer toe and other foot conditions. 

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