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Offline Kayls23

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leg length discrepancy?
« on: August 05, 2005, 12:34:57 AM »
Hey...

I went to my physio earlier today, and she said that my right leg is longer than my left, by about an inch or so... I know this is a fairly common problem, but I was just wondering, if anyone on these boards has the same, or a similar problem, and what was done about it... and how does (if it does), affect normal life?

I've pretty much accepted that I'll be limping (i have been all my life, so it's no big deal anymore  :)), I'm just curious about how this problem affects others.

Thanks
Kaylee  ;D
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Re: leg length discrepancy?
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2005, 01:41:49 AM »
Kaylee, I am going through the same problem and my PT is the one that noticed it my right leg is an inch shorter.  They  have done some techniques that in the beginning help realign my SI joint that is where mine is happening.  But now for the last almost 3 weeks they have not been able to get it pulled back down to where it is even.  After 3 knee surgeries and recent back surgery due to herniated disc. They don't want to be to aggresive to cause damage to the recent back surgery.  I went back to the DR office that did my back surgery on Tuesday and she said that in fact my SI joint was not aligned properly but she took xrays of my hip and didn't like what she seen.  So yesterday I had to go for MRI on my hip don't know the results.  For me with my SI joint out and my leg being shorter I can't walk for long distances with out pain.  I have never had this problem before so it is new to me also.  Ask your PT about stretches that target the muscles and ligaments in the SI joint area.  And muscle strenghtening as you would do to stablize the spine.  This is alot of stomaches exercises.  I hope you do better and get the relief like I know we all long for and deserve.  Good Luck...

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Re: leg length discrepancy?
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2005, 02:15:37 AM »
My leg is a 1/2 inch shorter from breaking my leg and then having it rebroken. I wear a heel lift in my shoe. Just saw my OS and he wasn't happy I wore flip flops....said it causes muscle imbalance in my leg and poor gait. It does cause back and hip pain when I don't wear the lift. OS said wear the lift at all times.

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Re: leg length discrepancy?
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2005, 03:02:52 PM »
Hey, missmyknee and tamter,

           thanks for replying  ;D. I will ask my PT about strengthing excercises tamter, see what she says. I hope that they'll work  :), and i really hope that you get some relief from all of your problems... it's very frustrating. Good luck to you too!  :-*

         Pam, is your heel lift comfortable and discreet? My physio said something about wearing aheel lift in my shoe, and i'm rather curious about them. Thanks and good luck! :D

Love
Kaylee x  8)
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Re: leg length discrepancy?
« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2005, 05:08:19 PM »
Hi Kaylee

You can't see my heel lift. I wear it in my cross trainers. It fits under the inside of the shoe. It can be transferred to other shoes. I got mine at an athletic trainers store. The problem is a girl likes to wear other things besides cross trainers. It would be difficult to use it in a mule or flip flop for example. It would fit in a heel with a back.  My OS said I needed to wear the cross trainers with the lift as much as possible...they even wanted me not to go barefoot so much in the house but wear the shoes because it was causing muscle imbalance with my bad leg and contributing to poor gait. I had an awful limp too. I really enjoyed wearing the flops but have to give them up   :'(

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Re: leg length discrepancy?
« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2005, 07:31:22 PM »
Hey Pam!

Thanks for replying  ;). Heel lifts don't sound like a lot of fun... I would really miss not being able to wear sandals or flip flops to  :( You even have to wear it at home? Awh, and no being barefoot  :o, that sucks...

I have a really bad limp too. It makes me really self conscious, especially when people point it out, or ask questions  :-[

I'm sorry about the giving up or the flip flops. Especially considering that its summer  :(

Hope your well,
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Kayleigh x  :)
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Re: leg length discrepancy?
« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2005, 09:50:51 PM »
Hi Kayleigh,

My disrepency is smaller - 1/2in.  I had a heel lift built in to my orthotics.  I only wear sneakers because I need all the support I can get.  With the orthotics, I have to wear shoes that have at least enough of a lip to keep them in place.  Have found a pair of sandals that worked. 

Good luck.

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Re: leg length discrepancy?
« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2005, 10:10:28 PM »
Hi Kayleigh,

Just thought I'd share my experience. I'd been suffering from discomfort in my left leg for quite a while and had been to see the doc on a few occasions about this. Pain was mainly after activity/walking around the hip area and caused pain in the thigh muscles. I was referred for physio treatment, at this point they did not know I had a leg length discrepancy. The treament focused on strengthening the leg that was in pain as well as improving flexability/rotation of the hips. I did like 8 weeks of this with little improvement, but the therapist just said continue with these exercises 2 to 3 times each and things should improve and on that note I was dismissed from PT.

I continued with the exercises at home but noticed hardly any improvement so after about 4/5 months I went back to see the doc. This time she decided to take a leg measurement and found I had a noticeable descrepancy :o, so I was referred back to PT. The therapist did exactly the same thing as the other physio therapist but she also gave me a heel raise to put into my shoe which did seem to ease things a little. Again I did this therapy stuff for about 8-10 weeks working on strength and flexability, which helped but not enough to get rid of the muscle aches (left thigh/calf), mine always seem tense. The therapist gave me exercises to do at home, to be done 3 times daily. I kept doing these hoping it would solve things but eventually I had to go see the doc again as im now getting pain along the whole leg including the KNEE. She's now referring me to see a specialist who should be able to help me and adivse me on orthopaedic fittings...I'm just waiting on the call

I always wear trainers now with good support and try to keep them on as much as possible in doors, have not worn shoes in over a year.

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Re: leg length discrepancy?
« Reply #8 on: August 05, 2005, 10:24:12 PM »
Hi Mr. P and Flipflop!

Thanks for replying  :) I'm being referred to a specalist too, but I'm not sure what will happen when I get there... I think I'll just need a heel lift or something similar.

Mr P, how long is your discrepancy? Mine's about an inch long. I too get a lot of pain in the leg area, especially the thigh and knee, and most recently, really bad pain in the heel.  :(

So, trainers are the best thing to wear then? I don't really mind that, their all i really wear anyway  :)...

Thanks for sharing your experiences, and I hope things get better for you both  :D
Best Wishes,
Kayleigh x  ;D
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Re: leg length discrepancy?
« Reply #9 on: August 06, 2005, 10:48:03 PM »
kaylee,

My discrepancy is about 3.5 Centimeters. I was really very suprised that the physio therapist missed this when examining my leg the first time round.

Trainers are good for me, they have good inner support and help with any pronation problems that are incurred by the discrepancy. Also they are much more comfortable to wear in general. You say that your discrepancy is around about an inch, does this cause a pelvic tilt, do you get any lower back pain?

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Re: leg length discrepancy?
« Reply #10 on: August 06, 2005, 10:53:32 PM »
Hey Mr. P

I don't have a pelvic tilt yet, but I have'nt had any really bad back pain. A bit of an ache now and then, but nothing to cry about  :), might be because I'm still pretty young though...  ???

So your waiting for special fittings? Are they like heel lifts or insoles?  I'm being referred to a Podiatrist to have one specially made... so that should be helpful  ;D

Thanks!  8)
« Last Edit: August 24, 2005, 01:41:01 AM by kaylee-angel »
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Re: leg length discrepancy?
« Reply #11 on: August 07, 2005, 11:38:23 PM »
my physical therapist said i had the same problem but it turns out that my hips just needed to be readjusted ... talk to a orthopedic surgeon maybe its the same case


good luck

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Re: leg length discrepancy?
« Reply #12 on: August 08, 2005, 02:08:17 PM »
Hey Amandalee,

thanks for replying  ;D. I will definitly mention this to my OS surgeon, see what he says...  :D I hope it's something like that!  8)

Thanks and Good Luck
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« Reply #13 on: August 08, 2005, 02:17:27 PM »
Hey Kaylee :)
I have heard that leg length discrepencies occur suprisingly alot after leg surgery. I had a leg length descrepency from hip surgery i had when i was younger. I went to a podiatrist who made me orthotics for my inward turning ankles. However, podiatrists can also build the orthotics up to even out the existing discrepencies. My discrepency was small- only a couple of millimetres or so. This aside though, i now feel, since my recent surgery that the difference in leg lengths is larger than it was before. I am unsure though, i mean i could be still limping and walking to one side because of the surgery i have just been through perhaps making it appear more pronouced than it is. I noticed the surgery you had was pretty major as well, maybe your limp from your surgery is causing the difference in lengths to be more pronounced?? I am probably just repeating what other people have said, but goodluck with it all :)
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Re: leg length discrepancy?
« Reply #14 on: August 08, 2005, 10:21:35 PM »
Hey Pip!

Thanks for replying  :D. My discrepancy was a result of surgery  :(, as beforehand, my legs were measured and they were both equally 33 inches long. But now, my right knee is about an inch shorter than my left, due to the surgery.

I agree with your theory of my limping making the discrepancy more pronounced. It probably is, as I do tend to limp and favour my longer leg.  :)

I have yet to see a podiatrist, but I'm hoping to have fitted orthotics  :D.

Perhaps the surgery you just had has increased your discrepancy... I have heard that it's fairly common to lose a little length after major knee surgery... maybe you should suggest it to your PT/OS, see what they think  ;D

Best Wishes!!!!  ;D
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