Why is One Leg Shorter Than Another?

Have you ever tried on a pair of pants, only to see that one pant leg is longer than the other? Or been able to touch one foot on the ground from a high seat but not the other? Can it be that one of your legs is actually shorter than the other?

These observations are typically an indication of an imbalance. In fact, very few people have actual different lengths of legs; however, it’s not uncommon for people to notice slight physical imbalances. In fact, nearly 90% of people show characteristics of imbalances! Many patients first notice the issue while training for a run, when a misaligned pelvis is sure to rear its head in the form of back tightness. For other patients, they think they are going crazy because one pant leg is longer than the other or one shirt sleeve is always too short. The cause of the differences usually isn’t due to actual differences in length; rather, it’s due to an imbalanced or misaligned pelvis.

So, what’s the deal with imbalances anyway? The answer isn’t always clear. There are a lot of things in our lives that could be attributing to a pelvic misalignment. For instance, poor posture or being overweight both impact our bodies in general, and the pelvis can easily become stressed under those conditions. Lifting incorrectly or having a weak core can also strain your pelvis and cause misalignment as your body tries to compensate. Other daily habits, like sitting with your wallet in the same back pocket day in and day out, or how you perform certain routine movements at work can also be the source of a tilted pelvis. Outside of instances that directly and immediately cause harm to the pelvis region, these daily, recurring stressors could be to blame for pelvic misalignment and, as such, the perceived “shortening” of one leg over the other.

Because imbalances are typically complex in determining their case, it’s important to visit a professional like Dr. Ken to help you realign your body. For many people, misalignment can begin in one place and literally impact the body from head (curvature of the spine and “imbalanced” shoulders) to their toes, like one leg appearing shorter than the other. That’s why seeking a professional opinion, like Dr. Ken’s, can be helpful when it comes to finding a solution to pacify pain AND treat the actual cause of the issue. Dr. Ken can assess your hips, shoulders, back, neck and general posture to help understand where the misalignment is occurring—and how your body is compensating for it. We often recommend trying different footwear, incorporating stretches, and a series of our professional, hands-on treatments to help restore your body to its natural stability. Overall health is critical to prevent irreversible damage, and Alexandria Total Care Chiropractic can help you take the first steps—quite literally—to an improved, stronger version of yourself.

Do something for yourself and make an appointment with Dr. Ken today!