The causes of a leg length discrepancy, even the most common ones, are numerous and varied. The discrepancy can result from an injury, such as in a fracture that damages the cells responsible for growth of the bone, while the corresponding bone on the other leg grows normally. Some fractures can also lead to overgrowth of bone during the healing process, resulting in a longer than normal bone.
The symptoms of a leg length discrepancy vary widely and are often related to the underlying problem causing the discrepancy and the alignment problems that result from it.
The following are symptoms of a leg length discrepancy:
- – One leg is obviously shorter than the other problems with posture
- – leading to compensatory or functional scoliosis.
- – Walking problems, such as limping, toe walking, or rotation of the leg.
- – A knee that’s chronically hyper-extended on the short side and buckles on the long side.
Specific treatment for leg length discrepancy will be determined by your orthopedic surgeon based on:
- – The extent of the discrepancy
- – Your tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies
- – Expectations for the course of the condition
- – Your opinion or preference
If someone has a leg length discrepancy, then you will need to know more about a leg length discrepancy shoe. The shoe needs to have a wider bottom surface area that is flat and balanced. The shoe lift elevation will have the effect of slightly destabilizing the shoe, so having a more stable and flat shoe, to begin with, will work to prevent that effect.
American Heelers Orthopedic Shoe Modification service is very easy and simple to use. This whole process usually takes 7-10 business days. We work with orthopedic shoes every day and they are very easy to outfit with a full sole lift. The orthopedic shoe can be built up for a leg length discrepancy. We do not sell orthopedic shoes but we will turn your ordinary regular shoes into something more comfortable for your foot ailments.
Some techniques used to equalize leg length are simple and safe. We recommend using our shoe modification techniques. It is cost-effective and more importantly pain-free. Over the years we have customers who have all their shoes modified in this way. For further information visit our website or give us a call at 1.888.4-HEELER(888-443-3537). We will give you a personal consultation and get you on the way to comfortable feet.