There are several possible causes to hip, knee, ankle and foot pain, in some cases related to one another. Lower extremity pain is a common and often painful problem which can begin with an injury, accident or from long-term habits. When your upper body is not aligned with your lower body, weight bearing is not balanced and you put uneven pressure on your lower extremity when you move.
The nerves which control your lower extremities begin in the low back and lower spine which is why low back posture problems are a common cause of pain radiating to the hip, thigh, knee, leg, ankle and foot. When structural distortions in the low back caused by chronic poor posture or trauma cause a spinal distortion and compress delicate nerves, pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness traveling down the lower extremity often result.
Sciatica is pain caused by compression somewhere along the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back to the feet. This compression may be caused by disc herniation, disc disease, bone spurs on the hips or vertebrae, and spinal stenosis, among other causes. When any of these happen, pressure may be put on the sciatic nerve or spinal cord, causing pain in the hips, lower back, legs, or even the feet. Pain may be present anywhere along the nerve.
These are only a few of the causes of hip, knee, ankle and foot pain. We can provide a clear diagnosis and appropriate treatment for your hip, knee, ankle and foot pain.