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What is a Leg Length Discrepancy?​​
 
Leg length discrepancy (LLD) is also known as short leg syndrome, leg length insufficiency, leg length deficiency or anisomelia, is when your legs are of unequal lengths. You can read how to measure for a leg length discrepancy on our blog page.

Leg length discrepancy (LLD) can exist from birth or it can be developed in
adult life. Short leg syndrome in most case is the actual leg bones that are
of different lengths or in is the placement or position of the hip socket.

The lifestyle of the individual can play a role in determining whether the leg length discrepancy becomes symptomatic. The leg length discrepancy can cause abnormal and excessive stress on the hip, knee, spine, sacroiliac joint and the surrounding muscles.

Leg length discrepancy (LLD) affects up to 90% of the general population, so a lot of people have a small degree of a leg length discrepancy. The larger differences can affect your quality of life by causing pain in your back, hip, knees or ankles. It can also have a negative effect on your walking a posture.

How to measure
We always suggest that you get measured for a shoe lift by a professional like your doctor or chiropractor. Radiography is considered the gold standard for measuring LLD. The direct clinical method measures the distance using a tape measure between two anatomical points while lying in a supine position.
  
                         That being said you will need to get several wood blocks or other firm material of                           varying known thickness. It is best to have a couple of various sizes that you can                             combine to determent your leg length discrepancy. Place them under the short                               limb, either under the heel or the entire foot. Whichever way is just personal                                   preference in the function and feel of the lift. You should try out both ways to see                           witch way makes you feel the best.
  
The longer a person lives with a leg length discrepancy, the less likely he or she will be able to tolerate a full correction immediately. It may also feel more comfortable with just a heel lift verses a lift spanning the entire length of the shoe.
  
Once you determine how much of a shoe lift you can handle, you then need to decide how to best to apply it. There are certain advantages and disadvantages to using either internal or external heel lifts.
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Internal heel lifts:  Putting a simple heel lift inside the shoe has some advantages. Besides it being more aesthetically pleasing, you only need one lift and then you can moving it from shoe to shoe. But there is a limit as to how much lift put in your shoe before affect fit. You can only put so much of a lift inside a shoe before the heel starts to coming out of the shoe. We only suggest up to 1/4”.

External heel lifts : If a shoe lift measurement is greater than 1/4″ you will problem need an external shoe modification. The advantage of this is the shoe fit remains the same. Although some people may worry about the cosmetics look of the shoe lift, it does ensure better fit and overall function.

Thing to note
Also you should know that the external shoe buildups will wear down over time, so you will need to have them resoled. On high-heel shoes, like cowboys and lady's heels we can lower the longer leg side instead of building up the short leg side.
You can also think about doing both internal and external custom shoe lifts when the lift is 1/2″ to 1”, but this is ounce again personal preference.
Conclusion
A combination of measurements can provide more insight into how high of a shoe lift you need to start with but you may need to do sum adjusting and over time you should remember that it could change.
 
*A built up shoe, also refered to as an external heel lift
for the short leg maybe just what you need.

Leg Length Discrepancy
Measuring a leg length discrepancy

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We can do an external shoe lift or heel lift in most shoes with or without a prescription.

The effects of leg length discrepancy vary from patient to patient.

These differences may require the patient to exert more effort to walk, putting a strain on the lower back and knees.

We can put an external built up on a shoe for the short leg.


We are a full services External shoe and heel lift, shoe repair and Pedorthic facility.

We specialize in external shoe lifts, shoe elevations, shoes for shorter leg, buildup shoes, custom orthotics (but custome orthotics can only be made if you come in to our store in lilburn GA) and shoe repair of all kinds.

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Relieving the Fascia

The body, trying to relieve the fascia, begins to grow a bony material to attach to a different part of the ligament in hopes of relieving the inflammation. Of course the bone spur becomes is painful and not to remedy at all. Fasciitis can also manifest as foot pain on many other areas of the foot. Front of the heel bone, sides of the heel, ball of the foot etc. If it is chronic, aside from trauma, its likely something you are doing everyday that is causing it.

Plantar Fascitis

If they weren't they'd be called slip-offs! Your feet are dynamic, a shoe is static. A slip-on shoe utilizes the spreading of your foot to force the heel into the Heel Seat of the shoe. “Penny Loafers” have that band where the “Penny” goes for reasons other than showing off that prized 1937 “D”. That Band is there to strengthen that area of the shoe. If you have chronic “Plantar Fasciitis” your tight slip – on shoes might be the problem!

The Fascia is arguably a cross between a ligament and a muscle that is located on the plantar aspect, “bottom” of your foot. It is concentrated on the posterior aspect, or “front of the Heel Bone” and fans out to the metatarsal heads, the “Ball” of the foot. This is a “Tensile” muscle.

The Fascia is designed to get bigger and smaller, unlike flexors and extenders. A pair of shoes that is too tight will not allow the Fascia to get bigger and smaller, nor will it allow the toes to extend and flex as they were designed. This leads to inflammation of the ligament, the result being what we call Fasciitis. “Bone Spurs” in the heel are one of the most painful symptoms of this condition.
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