LEG LENGTH DISCREPANCY
- One leg shorter than the other
- Pain in the Back, Knees, or Hips
- Postural Issues
- Toe Walking
- 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.
If you need help finding a physician local to your area, please contact us and we will be happy to assist you!