Ankle problems stemming from bunions may affect movement in hips, knees
Lower extremity conditions are interconnected, and researchers found new proof.
Foot conditions like bunions or hammer toe are known to alter the way a person walks, which can lead to ankle injuries and imbalanced landing mechanics. A team of researchers at the University of Georgia conducted a study to determine how ankle sprains can affect movement in the hips and knees.
When comparing people who are still experiencing complications or pain due to a past ankle injury to those who have either healed or never had a sprain, the researchers observed a significant difference in the large joints.
However, the researchers said that with proper training, these individuals may be able to regain stability in order to prevent more serious complications.
"There are negative long-term consequences to ankle instability, such as ankle osteoarthritis, that may be preventable with treatment," said lead author Cathleen Brown.