Do you find it difficult to stand up straight? Is your gait uneven? Do you have ongoing back, leg, or foot pain? It might be worth your time to consider whether you have a difference in leg length. Even a ¼ inch difference between the length of your legs can cause severe pain and discomfort, causing you to seek out leg pain treatment and other therapies.
Differences in leg length is known as leg-length discrepancy (LLD) or short leg syndrome and may affect as much as 90% of the population. LLD can affect your ability to walk correctly and comfortably.
LLD results in pain because it places excess weight and pressure on one side of the body. The symptoms associated with LLD are diverse with the most common being an intense lower back pain. Other symptoms include arthritis of the knee and hip, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, lateral knee pain, iliotibial band syndrome and more.
What are uneven legs lengths and what causes them?
A leg length difference is typically considered notable when the difference is ¼ inch or more. A difference of a ½ inch can cause significant pain, spinal misalignment, and ongoing joints issues.
A difference in your leg lengths can originate from several factors. The most obvious is having one leg that is actually longer than the other. This could be due to natural occurrence, or an injury or illness that affected the growth plate.
Conditions such as scoliosis and muscular dystrophy can affect the way your leg is positioned. Misalignment in the pelvis and hips due to an accident can also change the positioning of your legs.
Why does LLD matter?
Leg length matters a great deal, especially when it comes to spinal alignment and your overall health. Misalignments of the spine impact the spinal cord and nearby nerves leading to other health issues such as degenerative bone disease in the hip joint or lumbar spine.
Can a chiropractor help?
If you’re experiencing lower back, hip, leg, or foot pain associated with differences in leg length, seek help. Those seeking leg pain treatment in Waterford, MI, can benefit from chiropractic care.
Excessive stress on the musculoskeletal system from imbalances in the lower extremities can destabilize the pelvis and the spine. A chiropractor will evaluate your pelvis, spine and lower extremities to determine whether you have a misalignment.
Chiropractic care including a series of spinal adjustments re-align the spine, loosen your body’s muscles and joints, improve your immune system, return mobility to your joints and promote healing.
If the issue is due to a naturally developed longer leg, a shoe insert can be placed in the shoe of the shorter leg to help give you an even gait. An orthotic heel lift evens out the weight distribution, helping to reduce the symptoms and alleviating discomfort.
The chiropractors at Michigan Chiropractic Specialists can help you determine the cause of your pain and establish a treatment plan to correct the issue.