One leg shorter....

hopper1
hopper1 Posts: 4,389
edited December 2009 in The bottom bracket
I visited a Podiatrist, today... Half an hour later, I was £85 lighter :shock:
I smashed my right leg badly, about 20 years ago, but thought that was history.
Over the passed few years I've noticed how easy I get back ache, when I'm standing still (no probs, if moving around). This I put down to being promoted, and now having a very easy job (none physical).
Turns out my right leg is +/- 10mm shorter than the left one, which impacts all sorts of things...
Also diagnosed my left arch as starting to fall, too!
Two nice orthotic inserts for my shoes, one with a 4mm raise (both with arch support), and I did actually feel taller :wink:
I'll get the other +/- 6mm over the next few visits, so |I can adapt to the lift, gradually.
The Podiatrist has treated international cyclists before, so next time, I'm taking my shoes and bike :D
£60 for orthotics, £25 for him = Bargain to me. :wink:

MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE! :wink:
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  • Good news all round. However, you may have to change your screen name when it's all over :wink:
  • do you walk in circles without the inserts :lol:
  • beverick
    beverick Posts: 3,461
    hopper1 wrote:
    I visited a Podiatrist, today... Half an hour later, I was £85 lighter :shock:
    I smashed my right leg badly, about 20 years ago, but thought that was history.
    Over the passed few years I've noticed how easy I get back ache, when I'm standing still (no probs, if moving around). This I put down to being promoted, and now having a very easy job (none physical).
    Turns out my right leg is +/- 10mm shorter than the left one, which impacts all sorts of things...
    Also diagnosed my left arch as starting to fall, too!
    Two nice orthotic inserts for my shoes, one with a 4mm raise (both with arch support), and I did actually feel taller :wink:
    I'll get the other +/- 6mm over the next few visits, so |I can adapt to the lift, gradually.
    The Podiatrist has treated international cyclists before, so next time, I'm taking my shoes and bike :D
    £60 for orthotics, £25 for him = Bargain to me. :wink:

    MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE! :wink:

    I'm just under 6'1" when I stand on my left foot and just under 6' on my right.

    I was told just 'live with it'........

    Bob
  • hopper1
    hopper1 Posts: 4,389
    do you walk in circles without the inserts :lol:

    No... But, I pedal in circles, with, or without them :wink:
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  • deffler
    deffler Posts: 829
    I have the same problem, my left leg is shorter. Apparently this is quite common.
    I started having probs about 5 years ago with my pelvis locking & back spasms. Went to a chiropractor who suggested I wear a shoe insert & it worked a treat
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  • hopper1
    hopper1 Posts: 4,389
    beverick wrote:

    I'm just under 6'1" when I stand on my left foot and just under 6' on my right.

    I was told just 'live with it'........

    Bob

    Bob, does it not cause you discomfort, back ache, etc...?
    I'd recommend a visit to a podiatrist, they certainly wouldn't tell you to 'live with it'!
    I never felt it when I was younger, but wish I'd bothered with it then.
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  • As I've previously mentioned I have a huge back problem at the moment and I found out last week that I have a 2cm difference in each leg :shock:

    Could be a twisted pelvis, could be not I was told... :?:
    There is never redemption, any fool can regret yesterday...

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  • dennisn
    dennisn Posts: 10,601
    One of our former club members had his left leg lengthened almost 2". They cut the bones in half, mounted a sort of adjustable clamp on each end and each day he turned
    a screw which moved things apart 1 mm. 60 days or so later his leg was 2 inches longer.
    That's a very basic telling of it but that's how it was. One of the weirder things I've ever seen.
  • hopper1
    hopper1 Posts: 4,389
    dennisn wrote:
    One of our former club members had his left leg lengthened almost 2". They cut the bones in half, mounted a sort of adjustable clamp on each end and each day he turned
    a screw which moved things apart 1 mm. 60 days or so later his leg was 2 inches longer.
    That's a very basic telling of it but that's how it was. One of the weirder things I've ever seen.

    I've ordered one of them, but it's not being wasted on my leg! :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:
    Start with a budget, finish with a mortgage!
  • hopper1
    hopper1 Posts: 4,389
    As I've previously mentioned I have a huge back problem at the moment and I found out last week that I have a 2cm difference in each leg :shock:

    Could be a twisted pelvis, could be not I was told... :?:

    Drew, who told you it could be a twisted pelvis? Are they planning to do anything about it?
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  • thistle_
    thistle_ Posts: 7,217
    I had quite a bit of pain in my heels, one more so than the other.

    GP gave up and sent me to a podiatrist who said:
    • My hamstrings and (to a lesser extent calfs) were "very tight" causing the pain
    • I had 1 leg 1cm shorter than the other (this seemed to be small, but significant) which made one worse than the other
    I was given shoe inserts (one raised slightly more than the other) which got ride of the pain in a couple of weeks.

    I was also told to do lots of stretches 10 times a day!
    I was lucky to manage twice and now I just stretch after riding to work in the mornings but even this little stretching has helped and I no longer need inserts in my shoes :D
  • hopper1 - god knows! I've only just found out after 2 years of scans x-rays specialists pain clinics ruined career/sporting life/occasional love life etc etc!!!

    It was a NHS physio who thought it might be a good idea to measure it and said from xrays that it could be twisted pelvis. To be honest mate I'm not sure where I am with anything. One department is doing one thing whilst another didn't know that department was doing that and saying they shouldn't be doing that but this if you get the jist!?!?!

    As we say in my business - a clusterf**k!
    There is never redemption, any fool can regret yesterday...

    Be Pure! Be Vigilant! Behave!
  • dennisn
    dennisn Posts: 10,601
    hopper1 wrote:
    dennisn wrote:
    One of our former club members had his left leg lengthened almost 2". They cut the bones in half, mounted a sort of adjustable clamp on each end and each day he turned
    a screw which moved things apart 1 mm. 60 days or so later his leg was 2 inches longer.
    That's a very basic telling of it but that's how it was. One of the weirder things I've ever seen.

    I've ordered one of them, but it's not being wasted on my leg! :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

    Save it and do the leg later.
  • hopper1
    hopper1 Posts: 4,389
    hopper1 - god knows! I've only just found out after 2 years of scans x-rays specialists pain clinics ruined career/sporting life/occasional love life etc etc!!!

    It was a NHS physio who thought it might be a good idea to measure it and said from xrays that it could be twisted pelvis. To be honest mate I'm not sure where I am with anything. One department is doing one thing whilst another didn't know that department was doing that and saying they shouldn't be doing that but this if you get the jist!?!?!

    As we say in my business - a clusterf**k!

    We'd call that a train wreckage!!!
    It cost me £25 to see the podiatrist, no fancy X-Rays or anything, but well worth it for me...
    Start with a budget, finish with a mortgage!