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Where would you go to get you leg length measured?

  • 04-10-2015 3:19pm
    Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 17,997 Mod ✭✭✭✭

    When I was a teenager I broke and dislocated my ankle and it's always given me problems since.

    I think it might be shorter than my good leg now though as I've noticed that there's something very different in how each of my legs move when I walk.

    Would you go to a physio to get your legs length measured or is there someone else who specialises in this type of stuff?


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,289 ✭✭✭✭28064212

    If your ankle's giving you trouble, go to a physio. Don't try and second-guess what the problem is. It could be leg-length, it could be your old injury, it could be something completely unrelated.

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  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 17,997 Mod ✭✭✭✭CatFromHue

    That's one of the reasons I think there might be a leg length problem as I've been to physios repeatedly for problems that just aren't going away.

    My groin, hamstring, knee, back all on the good leg/side have all been giving me problems and they don't get better after treatment.

    So that's why I'm thinking there's something else wrong here.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,040 ✭✭✭thehamo

    Doesnt neccecerily have to be leg length thats causing the issue. The gait pattern that youve adopted after the fact that you broke and dislocated your ankle can be a massive factor. It all depends on how you rehabbed the injury when it first happened and how your brain now percieves how you move

  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 17,997 Mod ✭✭✭✭CatFromHue

    I didn't get rehab on it.

    There's two reasons why i think I might have a problem.

    There's alot of lateral movement in the knee when I walk, it's actually visible in my shadow under street lights when I walk at night, and I end up with alot of pain in the back of my inner knee.

    It also feels like I don't extend my knee fully when I walk, as if I'm walking on a different level to my other leg.

    Food for thought all the same though.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,623 ✭✭✭dna_leri

    You might want to try someone like these guys for a comprehensive assessment:

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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,794 ✭✭✭Tigerandahalf

    Perhaps get an x-ray and mri done. A physio can't do much for you. You need to see if the structure is ok.

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 297 ✭✭Kissy Lips

    from hip to heel, should see you right.

  • Registered Users Posts: 349 ✭✭kal7

    Best way is to measure on x-ray.

    But you could get tape and measure from greater trochanter on outside of hip to malleolus on ankle.

    Leg length difficult to ascertain as can be actual or apparent because bend at knee or hip and pelvis could be hitched up.

    Physio or osteopath are trained to look at these.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,040 ✭✭✭thehamo

    Out of curiosity, what work have the physios done with you in the past?

  • Registered Users Posts: 241 ✭✭Shazamm

    Did you get the xray for it?

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