We believe most chiropractors get asked about leg length discrepancy, uneven pelvis, and shoulders.
There are two types of leg length discrepancy(LLD). (1) Firstly, true leg length or structural leg length discrepancy. It pretty much explains what it is. It is the measures of both of your lower limbs and one of your long bones is shorter than the other. For example, a traumatic event or fracture can result in different leg lengths.
Secondly, false leg length or functional leg length discrepancy. This is often caused by abnormal muscle tone in the lower limb or abnormal joint function. (1) Our pelvis has strong muscles, tendons and ligament to support the sacroiliac joints and hip joints. Pelvis dysfunction is likely to present when the muscles supporting the left and right of our joints are imbalanced or not activating properly. Some risk factors include weak core muscles, sitting crosslegged, kicking a ball with predominately one foot, always riding on one side of your scooter and shifting your center of gravity due to previous injury or pain (eg. knee pain). Be creative you can think of more than these!
Research has shown a strong link between LLD and degenerative joint disease! (1) Since most of LLD cases are very mild and sometimes difficult to notice, our bodyweight might have subtly shifted and become imbalanced. In other words, we might be putting more weight through one side of our body. Over time we observe the difference from the bottom of our shoes. What do you think might happen to your joints in the long run?
Being left-right balanced is ideal, but we would like to reassure you that no one on earth is ideal. We have dominant hand, left lungs have two lobes and the right lungs have 3 lobes. Yet, we would like to be as close to ideal as we can.
If you find your shoes or any pair of shoes at home are wearing out quicker than the other side, chat with our friendly staff members and chiropractors and see how we can help manage your concerns!
The Drs and Staff of Little Sprouts Chiropractic