Originally Posted by Ice2Cool
Was wondering if someone out there could help me with a problem I have been experiencing for a while.
Firstly, some background : I have flat feet - particularly with my right foot where my arch has collapsed and where I pronate quite a lot. I have had orthotics made, although they have personally never helped me with the pain I experienced in my right foot, nor with rebuilding the arch in my foot.
The problem I am experiencing however is that my entire right leg is turning outward at the hip. It is actually an effort to keep the leg pointing forward as it should. Even if I am laying down in bed, my right leg automatically turns outward when relaxed. This outward turning has caused a snapping/clicking sensation in my right hip when I walk or run. From some googling it appear to be my piriformis. I believe that my leg turning outward like this is playing a large part in the pain I experience in my right foot due to the twisting forces it exerts on my foot while I am walking. Secondly it is also beginning to cause me knee pain. It should be noted that I do not experience this problem on my left leg - in fact it is not possible for me to even turn out the left leg to the same degree that the right leg turns out.
As a side note - I discovered about a year ago that I have mild scoliosis in my spine - not sure if this would cause the problem I am having.
Can anyone please suggest why I am having this problem and how I can fix it? I would like to develope some sort of muscle/support/strength to keep the leg straight so that it doesn't twist outward. I am a 26 year old fit male and exercise regularly.
I've always had both feet turn outward like yours. My left is not nearly as bad as my right. Like you, my left foot does not rotate as much as my right foot does and I have to forceably turn my right foot as it does not do it voluntarily.
I fractured/dislocated my talar neck,body, and subtalar joint on my right foot which exacerbated the condition. A year after surgery, 2001, I began to notice the difference.
Did you injure your foot, ankle, or leg? If you did, perhaps it didn't set in the correct position? I believe they call it varus malunion. This may not apply in your situation if you have not injured or fractured your foot or ankle.
Like you, I have scoliosis...had it since I was young. My orthopedist, in 1979, performed an operation on my left growth plate to keep the left leg from growing and the right leg could catch up. However, when I had a c-section, the anesthesiologist noticed that I still had scoliosis.
Due to the significant outward rotation, it is almost at a 90 degree angle, makes my leg, knee, and hip hurt due to the outward rotation. Like you, my foot and leg will automatically rotate when I am lying in bed. Does your leg, foot, knee, and hip hurt, too?
Hope this helps!!!!!