Leg Length Discrepancy
Also known as: LLD.
What is leg length discrepancy?
Most people have a slight difference in the length of their legs, but when the difference in leg length is significant it can cause problems with mobility and development. This is when it’s a medical condition known as leg length discrepancy, or LLD.
What causes leg length discrepancy?
Leg length discrepancy can occur without an identifiable cause, but in many cases it is the result of another condition, such as a prior fracture, infection, genetics, or other orthopedic condition.
What are the symptoms of leg length discrepancy?
Many children with leg length discrepancy have no symptoms at all, but some may have trouble walking, develop pain, or have an asymmetric appearance.
What are leg length discrepancy care options?
Minor problems related to leg length discrepancy may be treated by placing a lift in the shoe of the affected leg, and observing to make sure the problems don’t grow worse. Surgery is also a common treatment for leg length discrepancy.
Reviewed by: Scott J Schoenleber, MD
This page was last updated on: October 14, 2020 03:28 PM
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