Lower Pain (Hips, Legs, Knees, Feet)
Hip pain is a common complaint that can be caused by a wide variety of problems. The precise location of your hip pain can provide valuable clues to your New Orleans orthopaedic specialist about the underlying cause.
Problems within the hip joint itself tend to result in pain on the inside of your hip or your groin. Hip pain on the outside of your hip, upper thigh or outer buttock is usually caused by problems with muscles, ligaments, tendons and other soft tissues that surround your hip joint.
Hip pain can sometimes be caused by diseases and conditions in other areas of your body, such as your lower back or your knees. This type of pain is called referred pain. Most hip pain can be controlled with self-care at home.
Ask someone to drive you to your New Orleans orthopaedic specialist if your hip pain is caused by an injury and is accompanied by:
- A joint that appears deformed;
- Inability to move your leg or hip;
- Inability to bear weight on the affected leg;
- Intense pain;
- Sudden swelling.
Knees and Leg Pain
Knee and leg pain are very common problems for people of all ages. Because we utilize our legs and knees for many daily activities as simple as walking, running, and standing up, risks of injury to these areas of the human body are increased. There are also a multitude of activities and incidents that can lead to knee and leg injuries resulting in pain that ranges from minor to chronic and severe.
Any kind of trauma to the leg area can lead to pain in both the knee and the leg. Trauma can result from stepping the wrong way off of a curb or from more serious incidents such as car accidents, falls, and making contact with objects.
Additionally there are genetic conditions that can lead to chronic leg and knee pain including weak alignment and diseases. Oftentimes patients will trigger chronic pain in the knee and leg from overuse or overextension.
Since the leg and knee carry a person’s body weight, pain can result when weight issues are a factor. Regular movement can cause overstressed joints and trigger pain. Misaligned bones and joints in the legs and knees can also lead to other painful conditions including swelling and the inability to move properly. When leg and knee disorders lead to inflammation that goes untreated, it can lead to arthritis.
Leg pain is often associated with muscular problems. The ligaments and tendons in the leg can become strained, torn, or sprained, leading to chronic pain and a difficulty in walking. Leg conditions can exacerbate knee conditions, causing more pain.
The foot, like the hand, contains many joints, bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments, all of which must be working in concert in order to avoid foot pain. Wearing shoes, although obviously necessary, also restricts normal movement of many of these joints in the foot and without proper care can lead to foot problems and even arthritic changes within the foot itself.
Women who wear high-heeled shoes or excessively tight shoes are at a much greater risk for developing foot problems, as well as ankle, knee, hip and low back problems due to the uneven weight distribution caused by heels. Problems in the foot that are not addressed also frequently lead to altering the way we walk in order to decrease pain, which often leads to secondary problems in the knees and lower back.
We want to be your trusted Orthopaedic Specialists of New Orleans. If you are experiencing lower pain in your hips, legs, knees or feet, please call our office at (504) 897-7877 and a member of our caring staff will be happy to help you.
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