Hip Osteoarthritis

Hip Pain is one of the most common causes of musculoskeletal pain, especially in older people. The most common cause of hip pain is related to Osteoarthritis, but there are a number of conditions that may cause pain in the hips. During a Consultation our Podiatrists will try to help you understand the source of your Hip pain and more importantly, what can be done to help manage it.

Common causes

A range of anatomical structures could be involved in hip pain, such as joint, bone, muscle and tendon. There are a wide variety of causes associated with the onset of hip pain, such as:

  • Biomechanical issues / deficits
  • Inflammation associated with other disease (e.g. Rheumatoid Arthritis)
  • Trauma
  • Hip dysplasia / other issues at birth
  • Weight gain / Obesity
  • Overtraining / Tissue Overload
  • Inactivity


Common symptoms

There are a huge range of symptoms involved with Hip Pain, as there are many different pathologies that can affect the hip. Some of the more commonly reported symptoms are listed below.

  • Stiffness and loss of movement of the hip joint
  • Pain at the outside (or lateral hip)
  • Worsening pain during weight-bearing
  • Pain when moving and flexing the hip
  • Crunching and grinding sensations at 
the hip joint
  • Pain worse in cold, damp weather, 
normally deep in the groin
  • Pain lying on one side in bed

It is our job as Podiatrists to assess your hip function and give advice regarding what we feel is causing your pain. We have close links with local Physiotherapists and will often refer you on if we feel you would benefit from Physiotherapy or a different assessment or treatment.

We often see Hip pain as a secondary complaint in people with lower limb pain. Sometimes, addressing the mechanics of the foot & lower limb can reduce symptoms further up the limb, at the knee,  hip & even lower back.

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