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Leg length discrepency, acquired or genetic?
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Date: 9/11/13 10:59 AM

My one leg is longer than the other. It often causes hip pain. It's my belief that it is acquired from walking on highways facing oncoming traffic-the highways are graded to facilitate water running off of the roads.
Does anyone have this or have some treatments or exercises that work. I have been trying to walk on the opposite side of the road where it is safe to do so.
Any tips would be appreciated.


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Date: 9/11/13 11:03 AM

I have 3/4 inch difference. I backpack and ski and had 3 knee I just figure it's the general abuse.

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Date: 9/11/13 11:18 AM

Have you been to a Chiropractor for an adjustment? I think this is not due to the road way, but how your body adjusted itself to the roadway.

Currently my right leg seems to be just a little shorter than normal, and I am walking funny. I see my Chiro on Friday and she will fix this minor problem for me.

Now, if you are a heavy walker or exercise a lot, it could be some muscles have grown more than others or got more use and are stronger or it could be something you were born with.

I hope you find out what is wrong and get well soon. Your hips must be hurting you a lot.

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Date: 9/11/13 11:37 AM

You should be able to get a thorough evaluation thru a good spine physical therapist. The causes could be many, and a PT will evaluate your spine and legs (we are all connected) to help determine the best plan of care for you.

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Date: 9/11/13 11:47 AM

I have this, it's genetic. It started to bother me in my 20's, lots of hip and back pain. My doc did a standing spine x-ray and prescribed me a lift in my shoe. I've wore one ever since and haven't had much trouble. I'm in my late forties.

The lifts are very inexpensive, almost like a shoe pad, but made out of a denser rubber. They can be trimmed to fit in any shoe. I have several for everything from work boots to strappy high heeled sandals.

I have been grateful that something so simple helped me so much.

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Date: 9/11/13 12:14 PM

Yep. One is longer can't remember which though, and by how much. I know it's the reason I get pain in my right hip (maybe it's the left leg then that's shorter??). My chiropractor was great for adjustments...but the insurance we have now? Meh. Makes it too costly to go regularly.

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Date: 9/11/13 12:21 PM

I had this happen as the result of an accident and it was corrected with physical therapy. I've noticed that twenty plus years ago my therapists checked for this routinely. I have only been checked recently because I asked to be checked.

A note for future knee replacement folks to file away. My left leg felt longer after the knee replacement. The doctor and therapist both checked and assured me that my legs were the same length. The sensation of extra length eventually went away.

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Date: 9/11/13 12:35 PM

I have only about 1/2 inch difference. I don't notice it physically, other people don't think I'm lopsided but it does affect hemming plaid pants and skirts. I never was sure if it was one leg or one hip or what. I could never get my stirrup leathers even. But my first pedorthist visit measured leg length and it's my right leg, 1/2 inch longer.

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Date: 9/11/13 12:43 PM

Actually, pretty much everyone has a bit of unequal leg length, as described in this study. The reason is simple: the halves of our body are not perfectly symmetrical, and this is quite visible in our faces, as well as when we try to sew garments for ourselves.

The degree of asymmetry can be important, but in bones, the only way to determine it accurately is with imaging, like x-rays, which deliver a true one- to-one representation of objects. Our musculoskeletal system is so elastic that merely standing (or even lying down) with our weight slightly off-center can make tape-measuring wildly inaccurate.

It is possible that biomechanics, habit, heredity, musculoskeletal pain, or exercise might have good or bad effects on apparent or real leg length issues, and in my experience, a good physical therapist can be most helpful.

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Date: 9/11/13 12:48 PM

Yes, my right leg is almost a full inch longer than my left. Discovered in grade school when my mom was having fits hemming skirts for me, lol! I too see a chiropractor for the associated problems. He advises me to wear a lift in my shoe but I am noncompliant, as I spend 90% of my time in Birkenstocks. I take the difference into account when hemming pants but don't worry about it for skirts (I stand with my right leg bent most of the time anyway as it makes the lower back & hips more comfortable). Plus I tend to wear swishy or long skirt styles.


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