Leg Length

Q: Is it an issue if one in every of my legs is shorter than the opposite?

A: Solely whether it is inflicting ache or discomfort. Most of us have legs of barely completely different lengths, and this causes no drawback. However for some folks this distinction contributes to hip, again, knee or foot ache, particularly if they start an train program. Legs of unequal size can distort posture and thus have an effect on the power to face up to influence when working or strolling. The ache can happen on the facet of the longer or shorter leg.

The distinction in leg size may be anatomical— attributable to genetics or, as an example, a leg fracture. Or it could be practical—the legs are the identical size however, for instance, the ft hit the bottom otherwise (most frequently one foot rolls barely inward), in order that one leg is successfully “shorter.” In case your pelvis is asymmetrical, or you might have a muscle imbalance on one facet, otherwise you’ve had a complete hip alternative, it could appear that one leg is shorter.

It’s practically unattainable to measure your individual legs precisely. One of the best ways is with X-rays, however that is not often obligatory. It’s often ample for a well being care supplier to watch your gait rigorously and use a tape measure to measure your legs. One drawback: Some practitioners overemphasize the significance of small variations in leg size and/or mismeasure legs, which might result in inappropriate remedies.

When you have an anatomical distinction in leg size that’s inflicting hip, knee, foot, or again ache, a easy shoe carry or custom-made orthotic system might assist. If it’s a practical drawback, workouts could also be really helpful; a bodily therapist may help.

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