What is LLD?
Leg length discrepancy (LLD) is also known as short leg syndrome, leg length insufficiency, leg length deficiency or anisomelia. It is when your legs are of unequal lengths.
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. an LLD 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.
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.
How to measure
We always suggest that you get measured for a shoe lift by a professional like your doctor or chiropractor.
If you do want to try measuring yourself at home 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.