Despite injuries, U.S. track star Tyson Gay qualified for the 2012 U.S. Olympic team this week. Gay has battled through a pulled hamstring and a torn labrum in his hip, which caused him to resign as a competitor in 2011 races. However, despite his injuries, he is back in the game and ready to represent the United States in the 2012 London Olympics.
Olympians are not the only people who deal with hip pain. Arthritis, trauma, or simply overuse can cause the hip joint to become irritated and painful. The joints of the lower extremity work in unison. If one joint is not aligned properly, another joint must pick up the slack and compensate. The hips, knees, ankles, feet, and back are somewhat dependent on each other in order to perform daily activities. Variations in foot type, limb length, bone structure, and joint function play a role in determining one’s gait. Conservative treatment, such as orthotics, help provide pain relief not only in the feet but the knees, hips, and back as well. Providing support and stabilizing the foot in proper position and alignment, orthotics aid the foot and lower extremity in maintaining a normal gait pattern. Maintaining a normal gait, in many cases, is the solution to lower extremity pain.
If you are experiencing joint pain of the lower extremity, your podiatrist at Frederick Foot & Ankle Specialists can help determine which treatment options will be best in order to provide pain relief and correction of any problems or deformities. In addition to a gait analysis, it may be necessary to have imaging studies performed, such as X-Ray or MRI. These modalities will help your physician determine whether or not the source of pain is a bony deformity or a soft tissue deformity. There is no need to struggle with lower extremity pain, which may be hindering your daily activities. From conservative treatment such as orthotics to more invasive surgical options, your podiatrist at Frederick Foot & Ankle Specialists, located in Frederick, MD and Urbana, MD can perform a gait analysis in the office and jump start a treatment program designed for each individual’s needs.
By: Nikki Ho, DPM