Study explains why women have higher rates of knee injury
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A study conducted at the University of Washington’s Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine reveals why there appears to be a higher prevalence of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears among women, especially those who play sports.
Imbalanced landing mechanics, which can be caused by bunions or other sources of foot pain, have been indicated as a cause of the injury. However, the new study suggests that poor landing stance may simply be a trigger, as researchers have found that physiological differences may explain the gender disparity in ACL tears.
The study authors said that when looking at MRI scans of ACL patients, they found that there are structural issues in the knee of both males and females who experienced the injury, but that the problem is more common in women.
“The outside of the knee joint almost doesn’t make sense – it is a round surface resting on a round surface – like a ball on a ball. This would seem to be inherently unstable,” said lead author Christopher J. Wahl, M.D.
Women with bunions or hammer toe may still want to consider correcting the bony deformities to reduce their risk of injury. Conservative methods of bunion treatment – such as bunion splints or orthotics – are typically recommended for athletes, especially if the condition is minor.