Knee problems and injuries are some of the most common musculoskeletal problems people experience, with the majority of people knowing the pain of a sprain or other knee issues at some point in their lives. No matter what your level of activity, your knees bear a lot of the hard work whenever you move around, and so it is not surprising that they can be one of the most injury prone parts of the body.
However, what many people don’t know is that a lot of knee pain can actually be caused by postural issues or an incorrect walking gait, rather than by injuries or chronic conditions. Here we look at why your posture could be affecting your knees.
Poor Hip Position
If one or both of your feet stick out when you walk (commonly known as ‘duck feet’) rather than pointing forwards, this is actually due to bad hip position. This is a fairly common issue that you can notice that a lot of people have if you watch people walking. It is, however, something that puts your knees in the wrong position when you stand or walk, and over time, this can cause pain in your knees. If you walk a lot, or do sports with this postural issue, the chances of injury are much greater, too. The good news is, it is relatively easy to fix. You can even fix it yourself by concentrating on having the correct position until it becomes second nature, though if you are already experiencing knee pain, it is better to see a knee care specialist like Kneecare Clinics for advice and treatment.
Poor Ankle Position
Some people have a postural issue where one or both ankles bend inwards too much. This can be caused by old ankle injuries that weren’t properly rehabilitated, or by having sunken arches in the feet. This, again, puts the knees offline and can lead to injuries or to knee pain developing over time. This can also be easily treated, whether by addressing the postural issue with strengthening exercises and making a conscious effort to keep the ankles straight, or with orthopedic footwear if the origin of the problem is the arches. Speak to a therapist to find out what you need to do to fix this issue if you have it.
Anterior Pelvic Tilt
Another common postural problem is where the pelvis sticks outwards too much when standing. This is most common in overweight people, but it is fairly common in people in general. This puts strain on the lower back as well as putting the legs in the wrong position. Once again, it is something that can be addressed quite easily, once you know you have it.
Most postural deficiencies can be fixed with exercises and by at first, concentrating on how you stand and walk. It is important, then, to evaluate your posture and work on any issues, as well as to get help from a professional if you start to experience pain.