Leg Length Imbalance And Back PainNovember 15, 2020
Leg length imbalance can be structural or functional. Structural leg length imbalance is due to anatomical causes, such as unequal growth rates or fractures. More common is functional leg length imbalance, resulting from biomechanical stress. The most common cause of a functional leg length imbalance is excessive pronation (foot rolling in) which produces a shorter limb. During walking or exercise, the foot will overpronate, causing excessive rotation of the entire lower extremity. The increased forces travel to the pelvis, affecting the sacroiliac (SI) joint.
Restoring Leg Length Balance
Research confirms correlation of pain and leg length imbalance in 79-89% of patients. Symptoms include chronic or recurrent sciatic, hip, and lower back pain. When weight falls abnormally on the musculoskeletal system, serious consequences occur. As exhaustion and strain on the body increases, a cycle of muscle fatigue and spinal stress is created. Restoring leg length balance through custom foot orthotics can improve your body’s natural coordination, postural alignment, and balance.
To see if you’re a candidate for custom foot orthotics, ask us for a leg length assessment and complimentary digital foot scan on your next office visit. Additionally, if you currently have custom foot orthotics that are over one year old it’s time for an updated scan. For more information on orthotics and chiropractic treatment visit: https://www.vannesschiro.com/services/custom-orthotics/
The Van Ness Chiropractic Difference
At Van Ness Chiropractic, we specialize in chronic and difficult cases and realize that managing pain and imbalance in the body is not one size fits all. We have the clinical knowledge and expert staff to offer targeted treatment and patient education that is effective and empowering. Call us today at 847-842-8070 to set up your appointment for a comprehensive examination and get on the road to health today. You can also visit us at vannesschiro.com to find out more.