Strong hips improve imbalance caused by foot deformity

Hip exercises may decrease pain, improve landing mechanics in runners.

Stronger hip avoid foot deformityA team of scientists at Indiana University and Purdue University have recently discovered that hip strengthening exercises effectively reduced a common knee problem, known as patellofemoral pain, as well as improved the running mechanics in a group of female runners.

Moreover, since an imbalance in foot landing mechanics has been shown to be the cause and result of bunions, the study suggests that strengthening the hips may also alleviate this unsightly foot deformity.

Competitive athletes may view the findings as particularly helpful, since stronger hips were shown to help the muscles and joints work more efficiently.

Over a six-week period, the runners performed two 30- to 45-minute hip workouts that included single-leg squats and resistance band exercises.

Participants who had endured injuries reported their pain to be a seven on a scale of one to 10 at the beginning of the trial. At the end of the period, the runners rated their pain at a two or lower.

Athletes who have bunions may want to consider such hip exercises to improve any hindered mechanics that have caused or been the result of bunions or hammer toe. Additionally, bunion splints or orthotics may help to prevent or correct these conditions without the need for bunion surgery


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