Without knowing it, many people are walking around with one leg shorter than the other — a situation that may lead to chronic body pain. According to scientific studies, even a differential of a few millimeters in leg length can trigger disorders ranging from arthritic knees to hip pain, low-back pain and even headache.
Leg length inequality (LLI) is more common than most people realize. However, it often goes undetected. That’s why Dr. Smith routinely evaluates patients for this widespread condition.
Chiropractors take a comprehensive approach to correcting LLI and associated disorders. They start by determining the true origin of the short leg.
In cases of anatomical short leg, the doctor may recommend specialized heel lifts or shoe inserts called orthotics.
Orthotics may also be appropriate if the LLI is linked with a pronated foot. In addition, exercises to strengthen the arch of the foot may be in order.
When misalignment of the spine or hips is to blame (or occurs as a side effect of LLI), doctors of chiropractic utilize a specialized technique to gently return these structures to optimal balance. This effective procedure is referred to as a chiropractic adjustment.
Even if you aren’t in pain, being aware of leg length discrepancies can prevent future discomfort and maintain healthful posture.