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Postural Lower Extremity pain- Leg, Knee, Ankle and Foot
If you've sat in a chair, car, or an airline seat for many hours, what's the first thing you feel like doing when you find get up? You want to stretch. When you stand after a long time sitting and feel tightness, swelling, hip, knee and ankle pain, or other pain in your lower extremities-knees, ankles or feet- it is a reaction to lack of motion.
If you have hip, knee, ankle pain or pain in areas of your legs or feet, you might be noticing the effects of stress on those joints from not moving them often enough, or you might be stressing your lower extremities by moving with poor posture. Postural lower extremity pain is a common and often painful problem which can begin with an injury, accident or from long-term habits. When your upper body is not aligned with your lower body, weight bearing is not balanced and you put uneven pressure on your lower extremity when you move. Even sitting "wrong" can stress the pelvis and set up lower extremity and leg imbalance.
Look at the posture of anyone who sits with one foot tucked under them or always crosses the same knee over the other leg: the uneven stresses show in the unbalanced way they sit, stand, and move.Weak and poor posture from posture stress from weak body mechanics causing pain and breakdown ( i.e. Arthritis /Degenerative Joint Disease) in the spine and other joints from daily wear & tear
The nerves which control your lower extremities begin in the low back and lower spine which is why low back posture problems are a common cause of pain radiating to the Hip, Thigh, Knee, Leg, Ankle & Foot. When structural distortions in the low back caused by chronic poor posture or prior trauma cause a spinal distortion and compress delicate nerves, pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness traveling down the lower extremity often result.
Lower extremity pain is often positional-- it gets better, worse or different as body position changes. Frequently episodic, pain may come on after over-activity or without apparent cause, and is triggered as body adapts to mechanical stress, weak posture and inefficient motion. e.g.
See Posture Science for more info on body compensation, adaptation and how posture distortions tighten overused MUSCLES, weaken underused muscles, stretch and distort ligaments, and pinch and traction nerves teaching the body to move in uneven, stressed motion patterns.
Related Conditions: Foot pain; Ankle pain; leg pain; thigh pain; Achilles Tendonitis; gait imbalances; hip pain; iliotibial band syndrome; meniscus or knee injury; plantar fascitis; running injuries; sciatica; shin splints; Pinched nerve in back; muscle pulls; hamstring strain; muscle imbalances, muscle pulls, muscle strains, muscle weakness, myofascitis, Postural adaptive muscle strain; Pinched nerve
Self-Help Solutions: Lower Extremity Pain Relief
>Do Posture Exercises every day to strengthen posture. StrongPosture™ exercises can help balance knee and hip joint stress. If you keep it moving well when you are young, distributing stress across the joint surface, you may save yourself a hip or knee replacement when you get older.
>KEEP MOVING- The Body Is Made To Move
>Best Sleeping Position for Lower Back Pain
>Avoid regular use of aspirin, NSAIDs (Advil, Ibuprofen, etc) and over the counter pain medication to avoid stomach, liver and kidney damage associated with frequent use of these drugs.
Consult a professional if pain is severe or persists over two weeks
Doctors of Chiropractic relieve mid-back pain by freeing locked joints to restore full-range mobility and alignment. Chiropractors reduce mechanical stress to balance motion and nerve function.