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Legs Point Out, Weak Adductors?


#1

Is having your knees and feet point out while sitting in a chair and walking a sign of weak adductors? As long as i can remember my knees and feet have pointed outward at about a 45 degree angle while walking, sitting in a chair, and when i sleep. If I am sleeping on my back then my feet are pointed outward at an angle. Also while sitting in a chair my thighs point out at an angle even if i keep my feet pointed straight ahead.

I first noticed this about a year ago while looking at someone sitting down right in front of me. The individual was somewhat tall maybe 5'10" and while sitting down I noticed both his thighs and feet pointing straight forward and mine outward at an angle. When I tried to have mine straight also is felt somewhat difficult.


#2

Funny but we discussed this in massage therapy school. I believe its from too tight glutes (not in a good way) tight tensor fasciae late. In turn your adductors could be weak. Best thing would be to get massage done in those areas and foam roll.


#3

Or it could just be your individual anatomical deviations.

Next time you are in a crowd, look around at several people and see how they stand walk or sit. You will see plenty of variations. Some are pigeon-toed, some are knock-kneed, some are bow-legged, some walk like ducks. Some stand like horses (back sagging belly out) some stand like drill sargeants (straight as a rail) etc etc.


#4

I wouldn’t worry about it honestly. I’ve watched many people walk, everyone does it differently. A lot of people have feet/toes point out to various degrees. I’ve always walked and stood with my feet pointing outwards. Pretty sure many athletes have this as well.