One leg shorter than the other

#1
OK I have had a niggling/sharp pain in my hip after phys for some time. Finally went to the med centre yesterday and he punted me to the physio today.
Physio twisted my leg all over the place etc and came to the conclusion one of my legs are shorter than the other (about a 1cm?) which could be the problem. I am going to get my hip xrayed tomorrow.
My question, this being a mere niggle plus the fact I can pass the PFT and CFT with only mild discomfort am I going to be down graded? I am due to deploy at the end of the year and would be devastated if this barred me from it.
 
#2
Alpha72 said:
OK I have had a niggling/sharp pain in my hip after phys for some time. Finally went to the med centre yesterday and he punted me to the physio today.
Physio twisted my leg all over the place etc and came to the conclusion one of my legs are shorter than the other (about a 1cm?) which could be the problem. I am going to get my hip xrayed tomorrow.
My question, this being a mere niggle plus the fact I can pass the PFT and CFT with only mild discomfort am I going to be down graded? I am due to deploy at the end of the year and would be devastated if this barred me from it.
Take this how you wish as I am no longer in.
I doubt it will have any impact. You are passing the required fitness tests.
It may well be worth visiting a podiatrist who may be able to sort you out with an insert for you boot to even things up.
My missus was having real back problems until she saw a podiatrist who made up an insert for her shoe which evened up her gait.
 
#3
A Physio wouldn't make that kind of diagnosis without an X-Ray and Orthopaedic opinion. Ask for a Secondary Care referral from your GP.
 
#4
How old are you?

The reason I ask is that it took them almost 25 years to find out that I have one leg shorter than the other.

Yes, it can fck you up if not treated-an Ortho insert for boots and shoes covered the rest of my service (the final 4 and a bit years) but by then it was too late and the damage had been done.

Yes, you can do PFT/CFT but accumulated use will deteriorate your hip function if it is left untreated.

Yes, you may find that you'll be downgraded: in my case, this was only for my last 2 years of service.

.................and start gathering data and recording the treatment process as you'll need it for your claim.
 
#5
I am 23, it is only a niggling pain though. I really hope I am not barred from Ops.
The physio made the diagnoses when he looked at my leg and it was shorter, it is noticable... not sure what you meant?
 
#7
SSM, charge K13 for kit deficiency.
 

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#8
Are you anywhere near Bham? I can recommend a dam good chiropractor and an excellent sports physio. Both of whom will give you a second opinion, which might be (not saying it is, but it could be) that theres nothing wrong with your leg its your pelvis slightly out of tilt, which apparently happens to most people.
 
#9
FourZeroCharlie said:
How old are you?

The reason I ask is that it took them almost 25 years to find out that I have one leg shorter than the other.

Yes, it can fck you up if not treated-an Ortho insert for boots and shoes covered the rest of my service (the final 4 and a bit years) but by then it was too late and the damage had been done.

Yes, you can do PFT/CFT but accumulated use will deteriorate your hip function if it is left untreated.

Yes, you may find that you'll be downgraded: in my case, this was only for my last 2 years of service.

.................and start gathering data and recording the treatment process as you'll need it for your claim.
I was 18 and in training when I discovered 1 leg was shorter.
As you say an insole was required but i only really used it during BFT/CFT

Now I never wear it as I am a fat unfit civvy
 
#10
top_soldier said:
A Physio wouldn't make that kind of diagnosis without an X-Ray and Orthopaedic opinion. Ask for a Secondary Care referral from your GP.
Don't you believe it!!! I took my daughter to a private, self-employed physio (9 - 10 years ago?) and she was told that one leg was shorter. She was given shoe inserts and a sacroiliac belt. A while later, she saw a chiropractor, who diagnosed that, due to some rotation of her pelvis, her "shorter" leg was, in fact, longer than the other one. Both legs now seem to serve her purposes OK ...... but I'm feeling a Peter Cook and Dudley Moore sketch coming on. :)
 

udipur

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#11
This must be a common ailment.

I have read this through, got out the tape measure and found out that one of my legs is also shorter than the others.
 
#12
Alpha72 said:
I am 23, it is only a niggling pain though. I really hope I am not barred from Ops.
The physio made the diagnoses when he looked at my leg and it was shorter, it is noticable... not sure what you meant?
My thoughts were aimed at ensuring you get qualified advice, a physiotherapist should not be delivering a firm diagnosis without an X-Ray / MRI and even then they should refer you on to an Orthopod for a realistic prognosis.

Good luck

TS
 
#13
Everyone has one leg shorter than the other to some degree, hence the enigma of walking around in circles with the absence of a compass and noticeable landmarks i.e a desert.
 
#14
vandyke said:
FourZeroCharlie said:
How old are you?

The reason I ask is that it took them almost 25 years to find out that I have one leg shorter than the other.

Yes, it can fck you up if not treated-an Ortho insert for boots and shoes covered the rest of my service (the final 4 and a bit years) but by then it was too late and the damage had been done.

Yes, you can do PFT/CFT but accumulated use will deteriorate your hip function if it is left untreated.

Yes, you may find that you'll be downgraded: in my case, this was only for my last 2 years of service.

.................and start gathering data and recording the treatment process as you'll need it for your claim.
I was 18 and in training when I discovered 1 leg was shorter.
As you say an insole was required but i only really used it during BFT/CFT

Now I never wear it as I am a fat unfit civvy
You are Whet and I claim my £20.

Seriously, though: you may find it coming back to haunt you when you're older. I'm now 55 and the hip and lower limb problems are not getting any easier.
 
#15
Alpha72 said:
I am 23, it is only a niggling pain though. I really hope I am not barred from Ops.
The physio made the diagnoses when he looked at my leg and it was shorter, it is noticable... not sure what you meant?
So just to be sure: did the physio say that this shortness is at both ends of your leg, or just at the top?

MsG
 
#16
bovvy said:
top_soldier said:
A Physio wouldn't make that kind of diagnosis without an X-Ray and Orthopaedic opinion. Ask for a Secondary Care referral from your GP.
Don't you believe it!!! I took my daughter to a private, self-employed physio (9 - 10 years ago?) and she was told that one leg was shorter. She was given shoe inserts and a sacroiliac belt. A while later, she saw a chiropractor, who diagnosed that, due to some rotation of her pelvis, her "shorter" leg was, in fact, longer than the other one. Both legs now seem to serve her purposes OK ...... but I'm feeling a Peter Cook and Dudley Moore sketch coming on. :)
I've been seeing two physios, one with work and one via the NHS (for slightly different things). The latter has diagnosed a leg length problem, which only became noticeable because of a rotated pelvis which exacerbated it. She gave me a shoe insert which seemed to help with the pain. Which I wear under orthotics for a collapsing arch, because apparently my body is rubbish....

The occupational health chap (who is more of the chiro ilk) disagreed, said she was talking through her hoop.

However, if you lie on your back with your knees up just under right angles, one of mine is higher than the other indicating a longer lower limb (or shorter upper one, or something...). However, even measuring from the sternum to the ankle joint (which is another way of doing it) I'm not sure how accurate any of them can be without an x-ray.

I've had 4 physio's say 4 different things about the same problem, it might pay to shop around.
 
#18
Depends if it is functional or anatomical shortleg! Anatomical can be corrected with insoles etc, functional is indicative of a problem elsewhere i.e pelvic tilt so can be corrected (sometimes) by sorting the origin of the problem out.

Lie on your front wearing flat shoes and flex your ankles to 90 degrees so your soles are at right angles to the floor. Ask someone to check if the soles are level. If not, make a note of the difference ie 1cm.

Now bend your knees to 90 degrees, keeping your ankles flexed, so your soles are facing up to ceiling.

If you have an anatomical shortening, ie one leg is physically shorter, the discrepancy will still be present. If however you have a functional shortening, your soles will be level. This is the Deerfield Test.

A hip xray will not rule out anatomical shortening, only leg length films or CT topographic measurement will do that.
 
#19
You can get round it by having insoles made. They work well and don't cost that much, if you can't get them on the NHS.

Feel free to PM me for more information.
 
#20
Alpha72 said:
I am 23, it is only a niggling pain though. I really hope I am not barred from Ops.
The physio made the diagnoses when he looked at my leg and it was shorter, it is noticable... not sure what you meant?
At 23, I would suspect that a good Orthopod consultation followed (maybe) by some tender lurve at Headley Court will see you right. It's something that seldom shows up during induction medicals and is usually missed later unless you suffer from K13 stuff and have a trouser turn-up flapping in the breeze :D

The point I was getting to was that my problem was not diagnosed until I was well over 40: that's 20-odd years of BFT/PFT/CFT and carrying large weights over other people's countries, down their streets and up their hills and mountains, Rugby, squash, boxing and naked roll-mat fighting.

Except naked roll-mat fighting. I just made that up.

My 'niggling pain' was with me in training: fck it, I'm a pussy and everyone is aching. Years later and it's OMFG, I really am too old for this shite, best I try not to be like the young racing snakes.

Get it treated now and do'nt take any crap about it. Good luck, fellah.
 

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