LEG LENGTH DISCREPANCY
One leg shorter than the other
Pain in the Back, Knees, or Hips
Knee hyperextension on the short leg and flexion of the knee on the long leg
Functional – the limbs are of equal length but a symmetrical issue above the thigh bone is affected (example: scolosis)
Structural – the bone in one limb, is longer than the bone of the other limb
Causes of LLD
Congenital- present at birth
Developmental- when the growth plates are not in sync
Post Traumatic- caused by injuries
Tumor Related-disease that affects bone growth
Treatment Through Shoe Lifts
Shoe lifts are a great way to help alleviate pain when it comes to Leg Length Discrepancies. By adding a shoe lift to the short leg, it causes a chain reaction to realign the body into a more anatomically neutral position.
Measuring for LLD
If you have questions about what your leg length discrepancy measurement is you can visit an orthopedic surgeon or a physical therapist to check the length difference. Doctors use the following methods to diagnose a LLD: physical observation, gait analysis, block testing, X-rays, or a CT scan.
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