Limping, Hobbling, Favouring or not
When you limp, it's all of you that limps. Feeling defeated?
A hip, knee or ankle often get the blame, or some combination of them. No doubt damage in one location doesn't help, but nor does a narrow focus. It's hard to see the wood for the trees.....
We have reactions, often widespread, pervasive, to the limitations of our system. Stiffness and stuck feelings and the like; as well as tension and stiffness from muscular and nervous systems reactions to pain go largely unnoticed, much as you can be ignorant of the iceberg under the water.
The pain feeds the limp and the limp feeds the pain. Distortion happens and we see the tip of the iceberg, failing to realise what going on underneath that results in the things we do notice.
I've had sports people who limp, complain of groin or shin and foot pains, who have had shoulder surgery, dislocations or broken ribs and collar bones, and as part of their adaptation to those limitations have uneven movement between their shoulders and the two sides of their chest. Even breathing becomes twisted and shifted, or the head and neck lack the light and balanced to both sides steering that goes with good steering. It's like loading up your car with 500 kg that you put over one wheel and then drive.
The physics and engineering of these parts as they relate to the legs, means that unevenness gives uneven support and leverage to the legs, and the unevenness provides distortion that with repeated use, wear and tear causes potentially widespread and unrelated injuries. Our attention and narrow focus means the process feels like localised overload somewhere, rather than widespread counterproductive distortion.
To learn not to limp the whole system, body and brain have to organise differently.
These days most professionals agree with that. The contentious part is what are the best ways to do it.
By unwittingly learning how you hold "your core" to be part of the protectiveness of the limp, and focussing on the legs, you will miss the potential for adaptability that supports agile and painfree strides and steps. (Sadly many people are trained into fixation of their core which works against the agility that is needed to automatically adjust for any body that needs dynamic posturing and agile moving).
With brainier approaches to relearning moving, you can learn to soften and change the core's shape to be automatically adaptable and supportive, so its shape changes without having to think hard about it. Awareness allows you develop the art of moving, creativity and play that compensate for any part that has been overloaded, worn out, or limited in action, you can develop much wider scopes of action, stressfree......
Instead of being fixed in a limp, you can find the path to agile, even with power and ease.