One leg longer than other

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29/11/2006 at 12:31
I went in to see physiotherapist to have gait analysis as I was getting a pain on the inside of my left Knee. Anyway, to cut a long story short, I didn't even get to the gait analysis as my problems is that I have one leg approx 2cm longer than the other starting from the pelvis. Have been given exercises to do every day for 2 weeks and not to run in that time. After 2 weeks I am to run for 10 mins on treadmill and see if pain is still there. Has anyone else had this problem?
29/11/2006 at 12:34
Yeah, I'm 1.5 cms wonky. Apparently the cause of my ITBS, which I now seem to have recovered from.
29/11/2006 at 12:38
Yes, my third leg is smaller than the other two!!! But no problem running!:>)
29/11/2006 at 12:43
Lucky you. Doesn't make you fall over then?
29/11/2006 at 12:53
I have stumbled once or twice,but thats normally if im running behind female club members!
29/11/2006 at 13:07
I was told I had one leg shorter than the other but it turned out my glutes were too tight and most people have a very slight difference but not in your case charlie - did you ever feel wonky when you were running?

Hopefully yo will reover and return to relatively pain free running.
29/11/2006 at 13:12
Dman, you are as bad as Coops. Congratulations!

Steady, how's your ITBS?

Actually, I'm not sure quite how accurate my physio's assessment was because last time I went my leg length discrepancies seemed to have resolved themselves. Miracle? Maybe.
29/11/2006 at 13:14
The exercises that he's given me are all focused around the strengthning the inner knee and tightening the glutes. My left butt cheek is sore this morning.
I can't say that I ever felt that wonky when I was running, but the pain and everything all makes sense now.
29/11/2006 at 13:20
Hi Lyra,
I thought it was coming back and I'm having pains in my lower legs so went to get it checked out. Irts not but I have slight medial tibial stress syndrome. Not bad enought o stop me running but been advised to move up to a motion control shoe.

I'm bowlegged and knock kneed - also got some more strengthening exercises to do and have to do some with an ice cube after each run.
29/11/2006 at 13:25
Lyra: Im not even trying!!
29/11/2006 at 13:31
S.Edwina..I am also bowlegged,but this is purely down to having an overgrown third leg!!;>)
29/11/2006 at 13:31
As one with odd legs and cream-crackered knees myself, have you had your shoes / arches checked? I now run with supports in my shoes and the last years knee problems have disappeared. Just a thought. As an aside, a chap at the Amsterdam Marathon did point out that leg length shouldn't matter as you only run on one leg at a time.
29/11/2006 at 13:39
Dman you want to get that seen to by a professional.
29/11/2006 at 13:43
Steady: It has been seen by many people,of which some were pros!! ;>)
29/11/2006 at 13:52
*SE rolls eyes to ceiling* I'm sure it has.
29/11/2006 at 14:48
i think it's fair comment that u only run on one leg at a time. Its making me wonder what my prob actually is now!
29/11/2006 at 15:36
Your problem is that you gait will be uneven and that you will be coming down harder on one side. Are your muscles tighter on one side than the other?
29/11/2006 at 16:28
interesting stuff Charley - had a similar problem - about 1.5cms difference, left leg shorter, but got a heel raise. I do get inner knee pain and have a left butt cheek - must work on this in spite of the heel raise
29/11/2006 at 16:34
I've seen clients with leg length discrepancies, and treatment varies - some have no real mechanical probs, so corrective exercises can help address the muscle imbalances created by the leg difference.

If the pelvis is out and this is causing the leg difference, physical manipulation to realign it can often present more probs as the muscles are then working differently.

Custom-made orthotics may help in your case as the podiatrist can build up the insole on the shorter leg. Ask your physio about this when you go back.
29/11/2006 at 16:54
He did say that if I had my back re aligned so that my pelvis was straightened and therefore legs would be even, I could end up with more problems. Hence I am working on strengthening the knee of the longer leg (this is the one with the inner knee pain) and I have a thin piece of innersol under my inersoles of the short leg. If this all comes together and does the trick then he said he would look into making me something more permenant for the short leg. I have 2 weeks of these exercises before I am allowed to run for 10 mins to see what happens.
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