one leg too longPosted by donna s. on 1/06/04 at 13:13 (141485)
If one leg being too long is a cause for pf or heel spur, can an individual measure their own leg length?
Re: one leg too longfrancesc on 1/06/04 at 15:23 (141495)
i'm not a doctor but, i also have one leg longer than the other. it's about 1/2 to 2/3 inch longer on the left.
i don't think you can do it yourself because they need you to be in a neutral position like lying down and they measure from your hip socket down. my physical therapist measured it for me. i think it would be hard for you to do an accurate measurement.
hope this helps,
Re: one leg too longAly on 1/06/04 at 16:27 (141498)
Any chiro should be able to tell you if you have a leg length discrepancy. :)
Re: one leg too longRichard, C.Ped on 1/07/04 at 09:02 (141553)
I would get an accurate measurement..then have a heel lift made.
Re: one leg too longMike W on 1/08/04 at 09:47 (141617)
If you have never broken your shorter leg then you should have your hip and pelvis area checked. Quite often a very tight quad or hamstring can pull your hip/pelvis/lower back out of alignment. There are effective exercises for this condition.
Re: one leg too longJulie on 1/08/04 at 11:53 (141637)
Leg lengths can also appear to differ due to scoliosis (S-curvature of the spine). This is considered a functional discrepancy - i.e. the legs are the same length, but the pelvic is skewed due to the spinal curvature so that they seem to be different lengths. In such a case, an elevation may not be the answer.
If you aren't sure, look at yourself in a full length mirror. If one shoulder and/or hip seems to be higher than the other, and one hand hangs lower than the other, scoliosis is probably the cause.