- 1 Which conditions can result in leg length discrepancy?
- 2 What causes leg length discrepancy?
- 3 What muscles cause leg length discrepancy?
- 4 What causes leg length discrepancy in adults?
- 5 What are the symptoms of one leg shorter than the other?
- 6 What to do if you have one leg shorter than the other?
- 7 How much leg length discrepancy is normal?
- 8 Can uneven leg length cause hip pain?
- 9 What happens if one of your legs is longer than the other?
- 10 Can uneven leg length cause back pain?
- 11 What is a true leg length discrepancy?
- 12 Can a chiropractor fix leg length?
- 13 How do you treat uneven leg length?
- 14 How is leg length discrepancy treated in adults?
- 15 What is the average leg length?
Which conditions can result in leg length discrepancy?
Causes that shorten the leg are more common than those that lengthen it and include congenital growth deficiencies such as genetic conditions affecting growth, infections that affect the growth plate, tumors, fractures that occur through the growth plate, and radiation treatment for cancer.
What causes leg length discrepancy?
There are many different reasons to have a leg length discrepancy, but there are two main causes: 1) your child was born with a condition that caused one leg to grow slower than the other or 2) something happened during your child’s lifetime that affected the length of the bone (i.e. a fracture) or affected the growth
What muscles cause leg length discrepancy?
Non-surgical interventions for leg length discrepancy sometimes involve stretching the muscles in the lower half of your body, such as:
- Hip adductors (groin muscles )
- Piriformis (a muscle in your buttocks near the top of the hip joint)
- Iliopsoas (hip flexor)
What causes leg length discrepancy in adults?
A broken leg bone can lead to a limb length discrepancy if it heals in a shortened position. This is more likely to happen if the bone was broken into many pieces. It is also more likely to happen if the skin and muscle tissue around the bone were severely injured and exposed, as occurs in an open fracture.
What are the symptoms of one leg shorter than the other?
What are the symptoms of leg length discrepancy?
- one leg that is shorter than the other (this is not always obvious)
- problems with posture, such as a tilting shoulder.
- walking problems, such as limping or toe-walking.
- a knee that’s chronically hyperextended on the short side and flexed on the long side.
What to do if you have one leg shorter than the other?
Wearing a lift in the shoe worn on the shorter leg can help reduce back pain and improve the ability to walk with a normal gait. This is the usual treatment for mild leg length discrepancy (less than 2 centimeters). In more severe cases, surgery to even out the leg length might be considered.
How much leg length discrepancy is normal?
Most differences in leg length are normal. No one is perfectly symmetrical and a difference of up to 2 cm in adults is typical.
Can uneven leg length cause hip pain?
As many as 70 percent of people also have legs that are slightly different in length. Usually, the discrepancy is small – less than a centimeter – and it probably doesn’t make a difference to your health. But some researchers suspect that larger discrepancies could play a role in knee and hip pain.
What happens if one of your legs is longer than the other?
A leg length discrepancy may be functional or structural in nature. Minor discrepancies often cause no symptoms or problems. However, moderate-to-severe asymmetry may cause issues with walking and posture, and it can contribute to hip and back pain.
Can uneven leg length cause back pain?
Those who suffer from functional leg length discrepancy are those who tend to suffer from lower back pain. The Academy of Clinical Massage shares that tight back muscles on the “short side” are often the cause of the leg length difference.
What is a true leg length discrepancy?
True leg length discrepancy (TLLD) is defined as the anatomical difference between the lengths of the two limbs between the proximal edge of the femoral head to the distal edge of the tibia which can be congenital or acquired.
Can a chiropractor fix leg length?
Chiropractic adjustments to the spine, pelvis, hips, knee, and ankle may be necessary to align the hips and make the leg length equal again. Exercises, functional taping, and foot leveling orthotics may be a part of the treatment as well, as determined on a case by case basis.
How do you treat uneven leg length?
If your child’s leg length discrepancy is mild, generally less than one inch, it is usually treated with non-surgical options.
- Shoe lifts. This is an orthotic that is fitted to the child’s shoe.
- Epiphyseal stapling.
- Bone resection.
- External fixation.
- Internal fixation (PRECICE Nail)
How is leg length discrepancy treated in adults?
Leg length discrepancy between 2 and 5 cm can be equalized. This can be achieved by shoe lift and/or insoles. Alternatively, an intramedullary lengthening nail can be used for leg length equalization. In skeletally immature patients, it is possible to treat differences in leg length by growth arrest.
What is the average leg length?
I always thought I had pretty long legs, so I looked up the average leg length of adult humans, and found that the “ideal” leg to upper body ratio is 1.4. What height is 30 inseam?
|Average 5’4″ to 5’7″||28″ – 30″||28″ – 32″|
|Tall 5’8″ and above||31″ – 34″||32″ – 34″|