Is my leg shorter?
How common is it to have a shorter leg?
There has been a study conducted in America which shows between 90% and 95% of Americans having a leg that is shorter than the other by more than 6mm. So does that mean that it is normal? No, that just means it is commonly seen.
So what does that mean? It means that the dominant leg are more prone to degenerative joint disease and osteoarthritis. That is why devices such are orthotics can be necessary depending on your case. With Chiropractic care, proper education can help with advising you what is needed
How Much of a Leg Discrepancy Merits Attention and Correction?
Many orthopedists opinions are that any leg shortness greater than 3.2mm deserves attention and treatment to bring the body into balance. Functional Leg Length Discrepancy also causes pelvic tilt problems that can significantly affect posture and cause sciatica and low back pain. With Chiropractic care, proper education can help with identifying the joints and movements which have been affected.
What are the signs and symptoms of Functional Leg Length Discrepancy?
- Shortness of one leg
- Posture problems, slumping forward or backward, tilting shoulders
- Walking problems, limping, toe walking
- Hyperextended knee on the short side
- Flexed knee on the long side
- Pelvic tilting to the front, rear or side
- Pain in the lower back, hips, knees, ankles and feet