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Gotham Dark Knight
06-27-2006, 10:49 PM
I got a problem in that one of my legs is a good 1/2 shorter than the other, and it makes me put too much strain on one leg...would it help to put extra cushion on the shoe of the shorter leg?

Danielle
06-28-2006, 07:56 AM
I've heard of runners doing that and it working for them. You might want to try seeing a bone doctor or sports specialist. My husband had a shorter leg and got help from an orthopedic doctor when he was a kid.

snake
06-29-2006, 07:59 AM
Many people with that issue wear custom-fit orthotics they get through a chiropractor. I have one shorter leg too, but I don't think the difference is as great as 1/2"! My chiropractor said not to bother with them and I am not experiencing any discomfort or straining on my other leg. Perhaps you could try a pair of cushiony insoles from Target/Walgreens and just wear the one on your short leg. Be careful of just heel lifts as I would think that would put more strain on the ball of your foot. You probably should have an even lift for your whole foot if you are going to try this yourself. Gosh, as I think of the other possible complications that could arise, you should check your insurance coverage, get into a sports doctor if possible, and get an official diagnosis and solution. The damage you do today may affect you in future years.

Riggy
06-29-2006, 12:05 PM
I have uneven leg length too due to a clubfoot birth defect. I went to my doctor who fitted me with a rubber orthotic to make up the difference. It's really no big deal for me, and works!

Riggy;)

khasmoth
08-08-2006, 07:12 AM
I got a problem in that one of my legs is a good 1/2 shorter than the other, and it makes me put too much strain on one leg...would it help to put extra cushion on the shoe of the shorter leg?

I have also the same problem regarding uneven length of leg. Most of the time if you don't put any cushion on your feet before running, injury will occur.