Do You Get Foot, Leg or Knee Pain?

The locomotor system is what we depend upon for movement. It is important that problems in the feet, knees and hips are resolved before they have a knock on effect on other joints (in particular the spine). Injuries to the ligaments, tendons or cartilage will be treated in a slightly different manner as they often require specific treatment to reduce muscle tightness or restore muscle balance.

Depending on the condition we may consider the biomechanics of the whole lower limb, including the foot, to ascertain the cause of a problem, particularly if the symptoms are recurrent or persistent.

Knee pain is very common, especially amongst those who play sport or are runners. This can be due to:

  • Wear in the articular cartilage within the knee joint
  • Due to a tear in the meniscus
  • Ligament injury, resulting in some instability
  • Muscular- quadriceps, hamstrings and calf or shin muscles.
  • An altered patella (kneecap) tracking causing irritation behind the knee cap

Osteopaths are well-positioned with their bio-mechanical training to identify and treat all problems of the feet, ankles and hips as well as treating the many causes of knee pain. We can advise on exercises to muscle restore muscle balance and identify foot and gait problems.