A leg length discrepancy is exactly how it sounds, a difference in the length of your legs. They can be described as either structural discrepancies or functional discrepancies. Structural leg length discrepancies are when your leg bones (femur, tibia, fibula) are longer than the ones of your opposing leg. This can be congenital, or result from an injury or surgery. Functional leg length discrepancies are when there is a muscular or alignment problem, which creates the appearance and sensation of a leg length discrepancy due to compensation. This results from tight musculature which can elevate the pelvis on one side, over pronation of the foot on one side, or scoliosis.
Pain in lumbar spine
Trouble bending over
Improper fitting footwear
Improper lift height (in shoes)
Being overweight or obese - increased strain on joints
Stretching and strengthening of leg muscles
Custom foot orthotics
Shoe lifts - either internal or external
What are the next steps?
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