Walking is our way to get around. Sometimes our feet hurt and we don’t know why. When we have foot or ankle pain, it is really easy to blame the foot or ankle, but it really isn’t always just the foot or ankle causing the problem. In this article, I will cover:
- How your knee and hip affect your ankle
- One exercise to keep your feet fit
Approximately 1 million ankle injuries occur every year. Our feet are our base that we stand and walk on. Due to this, when our feet hurt, it is really easy to blame our foot or ankles, but we really need to look at our hips and knees. When we are weak or tight at our hip and knee, it puts more stress on your ankle and foot. We have big muscles up at our hips compared to the small muscles by our ankles and feet. Would you rather have your big hip muscles control our movements or the little feet muscles? By increasing the strength and flexibility in your knees and hips, it can lead to decreased pain and less difficulty with walking, running, navigating stairs, and standing.
Check out the video below, where we discuss how our hips and knees control our ankles and feet and an exercise you can do right at home to keep your knees, hips and ankles mobile.