Unequal leg length is a common problem that can lead to joint pain and degeneration. Unequal leg length is when one of your legs is longer than the other. This can happen one of two ways: after a surgery of one of the legs or one leg can simply grow longer than the other. When this occurs, it causes asymmetry throughout the body which puts extra stress on the joints. This can cause or worsen osteoarthritis and cause back or joint pain. Unequal leg length is commonly seen in conjunction with scoliosis. Anyone with back, hip, or knee pain should be evaluated for a leg length discrepancy.
Once one of our doctors has determined that you may have an unequal leg length, the diagnosis is confirmed by x-ray. The treatment for an unequal leg length involves either a heel lift that goes inside the shoe of the short leg or for extreme cases it may require the bottom of your shoe to be built up.