ones alignment can effect snapping hip syndrome painOne of the common reasons for an individual to develop SHS, or other types of conditions that impair the hip rotator muscles, is the imbalance of weight that is carried by the body. Alignment issues not only lead to SHS but also to a variety of other arthritic conditions in the joints of the body. Those who have a difference in their leg length or issues with their foot pronation will most likely experience an imbalance in walking or running, and unless it is fixed or compensated for, will cause hip problems for the individual. Alignment issues are most commonly treated by orthotic shoes that position the foot in the right position. Orthotics are designed to be comfortable, so if for any reason they are not, immediately stop using them and consult with your doctor on getting prescribed a different pair. If you continue to wear a type of orthotic that is ill-fitting, it can cause further damage to the area and may lead to a variety of other problems. Heel inserts are a common solution to alignment issues and can be purchased at almost any medical supply store. Arch inserts can be utilized for those that have flat feet. It is pertinent to speak with a physician first about your alignment issue, so that she/he can diagnose the correct type of footwear or insert that is specific to your condition. It may be a good idea to visit a chiropractor in order to diagnose a misalignment that may not be corrected by orthotics or inserts. Before you consider orthotics, take a look at the shoes that you are currently using. If they look worn down, chances are they probably are. Most shoes have a lifespan, and once you've walked a considerable number of miles in a pair of shoes, the support starts to break down. When this happens, it can lead to improper support and cause problems in the ankles, knees and hips. Prolonged use of improper footwear can possibly lead to a case of Snapping Hip Syndrome.