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Pain Through the Hip Joint when Standing on One Foot

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How People Describe This Pain Pattern

People complain of hip pain when they stand on one foot. Some people describe it as feeling like the SI joint is unhinged. Others will complain that getting out of the car or standing up from a chair is difficult. So instead, they tend to turn and stand on both legs. This approach is more manageable than stepping out of the car using only one leg while holding the door for support.

Standing on One Foot

These people have trouble standing on one foot for long periods. Additionally, they have pain in activities that support one leg. For example, they may go up or down the stairs using only the other leg. At other times, a sudden shift onto one foot can produce wincing pain when taking a missed step off a curb.

This problem almost always comes with sharp low back pain and makes the person feel fragile. This sensation comes from another set of trigger points in the multifidi in the low back that are a part of the same problem. Look at this post for help with that.

How You Activate and Intensify This Pain Pattern

Sudden, Unstable Movements

This trigger point escalates by sudden movements where the hip has to be stabilized from side to side. These include sports activities like jumping, skiing, or skateboarding.

Once this is activated, activities with steady side-to-side movements, like cycling, aggravate this. Also, walks on the slant of the beach or in the shifting sand of the dunes can really exacerbate this trigger point.


One client came to me with this pain about ten days after going back to a routine of leisurely cycling regularly. Cycling often aggravates trigger points in the lateral glutes.

Research shows that specific foot structures are more prone to this problem. For example, the Morton Foot is where the base of the second toe is longer than the base of the first toe. This structure creates a rocking motion in the foot. Consequently, the hip muscle work to stabilize your stride. I also find that working on the feet helps with this hip problem.

The Musculoskeletal Anatomy Behind Your Pain

Musculoskeletal Anatomy

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This post on anatomy contains standard information about the origin, insertion, function, and innervation of muscles. Additionally, it includes information on functional considerations and anomalies.

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Getting Relief on Your Own

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Self-Care Strategies

Self-Care Posts have common sections to make them easy to follow and understand:

  • Activities to Avoid or Change
  • Strategies for Quick Relief
  • Stretches and Exercise for Longer-Lasting Relief
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Therapy Notes for Massage and Bodywork

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Therapy Notes provide details for cranial, spinal, and local joint work. These notes also link to a traditional neuromuscular protocol.

By treating integrative components first, direct work on the muscle becomes less intense while providing longer-lasting relief.

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Tony Preston has a practice in Atlanta, Georgia, where he sees clients. He has written materials and instructed classes since the mid-90s. This includes anatomy, trigger points, cranial, and neuromuscular.

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