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Leg Length Inequality Is Checked at Malverne Health & Wellness for its Effect on Back, Hip and Knee Pain

Leg length inequality is widespread. A short leg has an effect on joints in the hip, knee and spine. Knee, hip and back pain may result. The Malverne chiropractic examination at Malverne Health & Wellness incorporates a test for leg length inequality and, subject to the discrepancy, the Malverne chiropractic treatment plan will address it with a heel lift to potentially prevent problems like hip joint arthritic degeneration, knee and back pain.


No one shares that he or she has one shorter leg than the other. It’s not a typical conversation starter! But 90% of us has an inequality of greater than 1 cm! Only 10% of us has precisely equal leg lengths. Just 10%! Leg length inequality equalizes us all.

  • Hip and knee problems crop up in more patients who have leg length differences over 5 mm.
  • Hip issues usually occur in the long leg side. Knee problems tend to be more typical in either leg – shorter or longer.
  • Low back pain conditions happen more commonly on the short leg side.
Researchers recently reviewed many published articleswritten on leg length inequality and  report that the bulk of papers find differences of greater than 2 cm are a problem while differences of just 5 mm can preempt long-term issues. (1) With these facts in mind, Malverne Health & Wellness finds it important to address leg length discrepancies to avoid painful issues as much as possible.


Want to ward off hip joint arthritic degeneration? Young and old alike will want to take note of this. In people with a short leg, the contact forces in the joints in the short leg were increased as the leg length difference increased. The greater the difference, the greater the contact forces in the short leg. Why does this matter? These forces wear on the hip joint the most as the leg length difference increases. (2) The older of us will want to stop further irritation, and the younger of us will want to prevent long-term exposure to irritation and future joint degeneration. A short leg affects our joints.


Chiropractors like yours at Malverne Health & Wellness understand how short legs affect knees, backs and hips. We were trained in chiropractic school to note key issues like leg length inequality and address them. Chiropractors notice that correction of leg length difference of 5 mm or more is beneficial. The aim is to have no more than 3 mm of leg length difference, and heel lifts are used to correct up to 9 mm difference while a 10 mm or more needs a shoe build-up of the full difference under the heel and 50% the difference under the sole. (1) Chiropractic education has always included the diagnosis and treatment of short leg differences. It is important that to know that an xray Is not required to establish and correct short leg syndrome. Using “pelvic leveling,” your Malverne chiropractor can do it for you.  Get this important anatomical factor for good spinal and general health checked by your chiropractor so proper correction can be made. Keep in mind, chiropractors like yours at Malverne Health & Wellness see more than the general percent of persons with short leg because it causes spine pain. Malverne Health & Wellness sees and treats a great deal of spine pain! Therefore, by correcting short leg difference in younger years of life, we can avert degenerative conditions of the spine and extremities that cause pain and disability in middle age and beyond.

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Malverne Health & Wellness tests for leg length inequality as it is related to back, hip and knee pain issues. 
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