Nearly every person experiences hip, knee, or foot pain at some point. It’s hard to know whether pain is minor or a sign of something more serious. Many conditions that cause hip, knee, or foot pain can be debilitating without intervention. To learn more about the benefits of chiropractic care, physical medicine, and rehabilitation for pain and inflammation, call or click to schedule an appointment with Desert Fountain Medical today.
Hip, Knee, Ankle or Foot Pain Q & A
What causes hip pain?
The hip is a ball-and-socket joint located where the thigh bone meets the pelvis bone. Age, disease, injury, or overuse often cause painful hip conditions felt on the side of the hip, along the upper thighs, or outside of the buttocks.
Common causes of hip pain include:
- Bursitis: Inflammation of the sacs that cushion bones, muscles, and tendons
- Dislocation: When the top of the thigh bones falls out of its socket in the pelvis
- Arthritis: A condition that causes joint pain and stiffness
- Sciatica: Compression of the sciatic nerves
- Hip fracture: Break in the bone or cartilage
- Sprains and strains: Stretching or tears of ligaments or tendons
What causes knee pain?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that nearly one-fifth of men and women with chronic pain experience it in their knees.
Ruptured ligaments or torn cartilage commonly cause knee pain, especially for people who play sports or are physically active. Arthritis-related joint inflammation is also very painful and makes simple motions like standing or walking difficult.
Tell your doctor if you experience knee pain or:
- Difficulty straightening the knee
- Knee swelling or stiffness
- Problems putting weight on the knee
- Weakness in the knee joints
What causes foot and ankle pain?
Your ankles and feet are part of a complex network of bones, ligaments, muscles, and tendons. Ankle and foot pain can be caused by something as simple as poorly-fitting shoes or as severe as a broken bone. Disease, overuse, and injury also cause foot and ankle pain.
Foot and ankle pain often comes with other symptoms such as:
- Inability to bear weight
- Joint deformity
- Joint instability
- Numbness or tingling
- Swelling or stiffness
How is hip, knee, foot, or ankle pain treated?
Without treatment, painful conditions or injuries begin to impact your everyday life. Chronic pain left untreated can leave you permanently disfigured or cause a total loss of function in the legs and feet.
Your pain management provider uses a physical exam, diagnostic tests, and your symptoms to diagnose the cause of your pain. Serious health problems are also ruled out. Next, your doctor creates a custom treatment plan to give you lasting relief from pain and discomfort.
Natural, non-invasive therapies including physical therapy, rehabilitation, and chiropractic care align and adjust the body back to a healthy state, reduce inflammation, and accelerate healing. To learn how you can become pain-free without surgery, call or click to schedule your appointment today.
How does regenerative medicine or stem cell therapy work for hip, knee, ankle, or foot pain?
Amniotic stem cell therapy is one of the many treatment methods used in regenerative medicine that captures your body’s own restorative abilities to help heal the underlying cause of pain in your hips, knees, ankles or feet, such as degenerative cartilage changes in your knees.
The stem cells are obtained from donated placental tissue following a live birth, which an FDA approved laboratory then processes into an injectable material. When your medical provider injects this material into the painful joint, the stem cells work with your body to enhance repair and rebuilding of tissue and relieve your pain and improve joint function.