Do unresolved ankle issues also affect the knee, hip and back joints?

Dr. Michael Barnett discusses how untreated ankle arthritis can damage the knee, hip and back. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

Do unresolved ankle issues also affect the knee, hip and back joints?

One very common question that I get in my office is, "Doctor, I'm here for my ankle or my foot arthritis, but could this be affecting my knee, my hip, my back?" And, the answer to that question is always yes. Everything is connected. If you change the way you're walking to try and offload a painful, arthritic joint, it is going to have an effect on other muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments throughout your legs and your spine. So, yes, treating these problems can have an effect on your future mobility, and whether or not other areas of the body will hurt you.

 

The answer to that question is always yes. Everything is connected. If you change the way you're walking to try to offload a painful, arthritic joint, it is going to have an effect on other muscles, bones, tendons and ligaments throughout your legs and your spine. Treating these problems will impact your future mobility and whether or not other areas of the body will hurt you.

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