Limb Length Differences

A limb length difference (LLD) refers to an inequality in the length of the legs. Limb length differences can be categorised into two main types: structural and functional.

Structural LLD results from the differences in bone lengths. It is often due to factors such as uneven growth, developmental abnormalities, fractures that heal unevenly, or surgical interventions.

Functional  LLD are  differences in limb length that are not related to the bones’ actual lengths but rather to soft tissues, joint mobility, or muscle imbalances.

Limb length differences can lead to various musculoskeletal issues, affecting posture, gait, and overall biomechanics. Individuals with limb length differences may experience discomfort, back pain, and challenges with balance and mobility. It is essential for those with suspected limb length differences to seek evaluation and guidance from podiatrists who can provide a thorough assessment and recommend appropriate interventions based on the type and severity of the difference.