People with leg length discrepancy, when one leg is longer than the other, usually have a waddling-type gait where the hips seem to move
up and down during walking as the body tries to compensate for the inequality.
There are two types of leg length discrepancy.
There are many causes of leg length discrepancy.
In addition to the distinctive walk of a person with leg length discrepancy, over time, other deformities, which help compensate for the condition, may appear:
The object of treatment for leg length discrepancy is to level the pelvis and equalize the length of the two limbs. Inequalities of 2-2.5 centimeters can be handled with the following:
There are many different adjustable heel lifts available on the market. FootSmart, for example, sells Adjust-a-Lift, an adjustable heel lift designed to correct leg length discrepancy. Three separate 1/8" layers enable wearers to adjust height from 3/8" to 1/4" to 1/8" just by removing one or more layers.
Where leg length discrepancy is greater than 2-2.5 centimeters, however, surgery may be needed to shorten the longer limb or lengthen the shorter limb. Please contact your podiatrist for more information.
Information on foot, leg and lower body health conditions provided by The Podiatry Institute, dedicated to advancing the standard of care in podiatric medicine and its effects on muscoskeletal health.
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