The hip is an extremely stable ball and socket joint with a layer of cartilage between. There are large powerful important muscles that help propel us forward when walking, but also control our knee and ankle movements. The hip is prone to injury of such muscles and other soft tissue structures when there is a lack of strength and control, which can potentially have effects and cause injury to the knee or ankle.
Minor dysfunctions in hip control can be amplified in those who run long distances, and such dysfunctions can become engrained and promote long term injuries. Since this joint bears a large amount of weight, it can become extremely painful when degenerative changes become more advanced. Injections or surgery on the hip are common to alleviate pain, but a trial of Physiotherapy is a great option to determine whether these invasive procedures can be delayed or even avoided.