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What is hip pain?

The hip joint is a ball and socket joint with a large range of movement with many muscle attachments and structures that can get injured. Pain can be classified into three areas including the anterior (front), lateral (side), and posterior (back) parts of the hip. With so many structures that can get injured it is best to get in to see a specialist who will be able to take a detailed history and know the appropriate test tests to help diagnose what is injured and how it should be treated. 

Hip pain is typically is a long-standing issue (chronic complaint) but on occasion can occur from acute or sudden trauma. This can often be caused by poor lower limb mechanics which results in overuse of the structures around the hip or the joint itself. This results in pain caused by:

  • Muscle overuse

  • Inflammation

  • Degeneration or weakening

  • Injury

What causes it?


Hip pain can be multifactorial and have contributing factors.


Examples of these include:

  • Poor foot, ankle, and lower limb mechanics disrupt the normal cycle of walking, running, and even simple movements like squatting or standing up from sitting. 

  • ​The feet play a vital role in how the hip functions and supports the whole body going up the kinetic chain. ​If the feet are not working correctly this affects how the muscle, tendons, ligaments, and bones function and the timing at which they function around the body and can lead to pain around the hip. 
  • Leg length discrepancy (difference)

  • Repetitive movements causing overuse 

  • Pressure on or around the joint

How is it treated?

If you have hip pain an assessment at the Functional Podiatrist will help understand how the pain occurred and aim to give you the tools to help prevent reoccurrence. 


We do this through: 

  • A detailed and thorough medical history and history of the problem

  • A full biomechanical assessment of your body and movement patterns from the foot up.

Treatment for hip pain may include: 

  • Orthoses or padding within the shoe

  • Stretching, myofascial release techniques, strengthening programs

  • Massage or active muscle release 

  • Footwear advice

  • Anti-inflammatory advice

  • Referral to specialist 

The different treatment options will be discussed and a treatment plan will be outlined to you. We strive to educate the patient and provide them with the tools to stay injury-free. 


If you would like to book an appointment please click the link or call us on 01748883069

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