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Offline BionicGirl

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One leg shorter than the other
« on: June 29, 2005, 04:39:09 PM »
Hello,

I dunno if Im posting this in the right section or if anyone will be able to offer me advice, but here goes

I broke a few things last august in a car accident, including both femurs (Which now have IM nails in them). As if I wasnt having enough probs with the injuries themselves, my left leg (in which I also broke my patella) is now about 2cm shorter than the right.

My physio has told me that this is a significant difference and will probably cause me back/hip problems in the future if nothing is done, and that I should speak to my consultant (who I am seeing next week) about what to do about it. She said the one thing that I didnt want her to say that he will probably recommend a raised shoe.

I am 25 and to be perfectly honest the thought of wearing some kind of freaky granny shoe makes me feel Ill I know that folk will tell me not to be so vain and that a freaky shoe is better than damaging my back and I know that they are right. I have tried to make jokes about it to my friends telling them that Im totally not bothered. But I am.

I just wondered if anyone else has had a similar experience and can offer advice! I normally wear trainers (apart form when Im at work then its flat black shoes), I just think a trainer with a raised heel will look ridiculas.

BionicGirl
27/8/04 Car accident: Fractured L Patella, L Foot, L Femur, R Femur, R Tib/fib, R Elbow
27/8/04-6/9/04 Three operations - All Fractures had metalwork put in
27/10/04 Discharged From Hospital
18/04/05 Back to Work

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Re: One leg shorter than the other
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2005, 05:29:59 PM »
Hi

I broke my tib fib in 4 places almost 5 yrs ago. I had the IM nail and plates and screws . Also had the same leg surgically rebroken to correct an external rotation of 40 degrees , leg was replated. This left me with a leg 1/2 inch shorter. Yes, It does cause hip and back pain ! I have worn a 1/2 inch heel lift in my cross trainers and switch it out in other shoes when I can. Sometimes vanity takes over and I wear sandals, flipflops, or mules.......I go without the lift, but pay a price with hip and back pain. I have a very bad limp without the lift. I would give the lift a try before any drastic measures taken.

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Re: One leg shorter than the other
« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2005, 09:50:12 AM »
Thanks for the reply pam,

I also have quite a bit of external rotation of the foot in my right leg - I broke tib fib in that leg. One consultant that I saw said that they wouldn't do anything to correct this as the risks of surgery (infection/ not healing etc)  could potentially cause more problems than the rotation of my foot. But I think that I am already getting a bit of pain in my knee due to the rotaion - I assume its only gonna get worse. What did your surgeon say about the surgery to correct the rotation?

Also with your raised shoe - do you have to buy special shoes or can they do it to your own? And do people notice?

BionicGirl
27/8/04 Car accident: Fractured L Patella, L Foot, L Femur, R Femur, R Tib/fib, R Elbow
27/8/04-6/9/04 Three operations - All Fractures had metalwork put in
27/10/04 Discharged From Hospital
18/04/05 Back to Work