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Could YOU have a Limb Length Discrepancy? 

Did you know that many of us, are walking around with one leg longer than the other without even knowing it? In fact, it is estimated that 23% of the general population are affected by a limb length discrepancy (LLD).  While you may think you would notice if your legs aren’t the same length, the truth is, this is often not the case at all. Much of the time, the difference in limb length is small, and therefore goes unnoticed in our patients.

LLD- What is it?

                Otherwise known as anisomelia, LLD refers either structural or functional limb length discrepancy. Structural limb length discrepancy is a true difference in limb length caused by shortened bones on one side of the leg (tibia or femur). While most people with a structural LLD have had it since birth, others develop structural LLD through traumatic events or joint replacement. On the other hand, a functional LLD is caused by soft tissue abnormality, such as ligamentous laxity in the hip, tight pelvic muscles, or over-pronation. With a functional LLD, there is no actual difference in the lengths of the bones, but it just seems that way because of what else is going on in the body.

When is a difference in leg length a problem?

Often many people do not experience symptoms from LLDs, and this is good. But when an individual develops pain (usually in the lower back or hips), or alters their gait due to an LLD, it can become a problem. Some people will even have to quit sporting activities or doing things they love.  That’s where we come in! We have all the tools to properly measure the limbs and to determine whether an LLD is structural or functional, how the body is compensating, and direct treatment from there. Treatment may include things like stretching (functional LLD), orthotic therapy, or lift therapy. Lift therapy can be difficult, and we tend to take a step-up approach by increasing the height of the lift every few weeks.

If you think you may be suffering from a limb length discrepancy, give us a shout at 519-624-4122!

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366 Hespeler Road
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Chiropodist - Cambridge, Douglas C. Broad, D.Ch, 366 Hespeler Road, Cambridge Ontario, N1R 6J6 519-624-4122