Leg Length Discrepancy or Short Leg
Leg Length Discrepancy (LLD), or Leg Length Inequality (LLI), or Short Leg occurs when the legs are either different lengths or appear to be different lengths because of misalignment. If the legs are measurably different in length, this can be caused by a birth defect or after a broken leg, serious infection, or damage done to one of the growth plates in the leg. The more common type of LLD is seen when the legs themselves are the same length, but perhaps due to misalignment causes from neuromuscular injuries, one leg or hip is held higher than the other, causing one leg to appear longer. Even a leg length difference as small as a quarter inch can cause difficulty and pain in walking and can manifest as lower back pain, hip and knee pain, uneven gait, and various foot and lower leg problems. If you have been diagnosed with a leg length discrepancy, chances are you have used heel lifts and orthotic inserts in the past. If you’re in need of a new pair, or perhaps you’re not sure if your lower back, hip, knee, or foot pain is being caused by this leg length difference, give us a call today and we’d love to answer your questions about your symptoms and treatment.
Vancouver Orthotics has two locations:
Hycroft Medical Building
114-3195 Granville Street
Have your questions answered by Dr. Michael Horowitz by calling 604-737-3668 or by filling out the form below. He will respond promptly.