The Best Shoes for Hip And Knee Pain

The knees and hips are the largest joints in the body, and they must work in close coordination to provide the mobility needed for walking, running, jumping, kneeling, and squatting. They also support the body’s weight during all of these activities. Pain in the knees and/or hips can lead to inflammatory conditions such as bursitis and tendonitis. Hip pain can occur on the inside of the hip or groin as well as on the outside of the hip, upper thigh, or outer buttock. Knee pain can occur at the front, center, side, or back of the knee.

What causes knee and hip pain? Knee and hip pain results when the tissues and muscles that surround the joints become too tight, triggering inflammation, limited movement, and strain. Both too much activity, such as high-impact sports, and too little activity, such as sitting for prolonged periods of time, can cause knee and hip problems. Injuries and arthritis can also cause knee and hip pain.

In addition, certain foot conditions such as hypermobile feet (when the joints in and around the feet move more than they should) and fallen arches can cause knee pain. Still another possible cause of knee and hip pain is over-pronation of the feet. Overpronation can cause the hip to become unaligned, and the leg to rotate inward toward the opposite leg, forcing the knee to flex and extend in a way that places too much stress on the joint. In fact, just about any problem with the foot or ankle can result in a compromised posture or gait, which can lead to knee and hip pain.