The Truth About Leg Length Discrepancy

Author: Garnet Orthopedic Solutions | | Categories: Comfort Shoe Clinic , Compression Therapy , Orthotic Clinic

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Leg length discrepancy, also known as anisomelia, is a condition where two limbs are of unequal lengths. Most people have some degree of leg length discrepancy, but larger differences can affect well-being and quality of life by keeping you from participating in the activities you like. While differences in arm lengths often require no treatment, a leg length discrepancy can cause a noticeable limp or make it difficult to run or play. Correction can lead to more overall comfort and reduction of pain. However, many people out there have made many wrong assumptions about this condition and the treatment required to correct it.

As experts in the field, we at Garnet Orthopedic Solutions have written down information regarding the truth about leg length discrepancy.

1. The difference has to be 1cm or more to be considered bad
This is completely wrong. Based on the situation, even a difference of 3mm to 5mm can be problematic if the client is presenting symptoms of pain unilaterally or more on one side than the other. It can be the cause of extreme pain or discomfort.

2. They have to wear modified or platform shoes
In most cases, a shoe does not need to be modified, nor should a client be forced into platform shoes. A lift that corrects the client to a height that reduces or eliminates pain can be placed within the client’s current footwear. Heel lifts are placed under the orthotic, built into the orthotic, or placed under the footbed.

3. They will be off-balance
A client will normally notice a small difference when standing and walking, but they should not feel off-balance or as if they are being pushed too far in the other direction.

4. They cannot correct the difference themselves
A client may have an acquired LLD that can often be corrected with stretching and, or strengthening. Certain exercises and stretches may help minimize leg length discrepancy and ease any related symptoms. As with most forms of exercise, you should begin slowly and increase power only if it’s comfortable for your body to do so.

5. Correction must be 50% of the difference
Correction does not always have to be 50% of LLD. Everyone has their “magic” number. Some can adjust to 20% while some to 100% correction, even if it is not post-surgery, which 100% is appropriate.

If you are looking for custom orthotics dispensing and manufacturing in London, reach out to us at Garnet Orthopedic Solutions. We strive to provide excellent products and services, coupled with a positive personal experience through communication, education, and prioritizing customer service. Our mission is to provide you with the best care available that will most effectively support your specific needs. We offer services like custom-made orthotics, compression garments, custom orthopaedic sandals, orthopaedic shoe inserts or insoles.

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