different length of my legs

@sophialin (2677)
China
May 25, 2008 7:44am CST
i find my right leg is a little shorter than the left one.it's a surprise that my legs have different length.what about you? do you have such problem? if do,which one is longer or you never paid attention to it?
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19 responses
• United States
25 May 08
This is actually an extremely common thing. the following is copied from this source: http://www.berkeleywellness.com/html/wl/2008/wlAskExperts0508.html The question was if the difference in length is a problem... A: "Only if it is causing pain or discomfort. Most of us have legs of slightly different lengths, and this causes no problem. But for some people this difference contributes to hip, back, knee, or foot pain, especially if they begin an exercise program. Legs of unequal length can distort posture and thus affect the ability to withstand impact when running or walking. The pain can occur on the side of the longer or shorter leg. The difference in leg length can be anatomical—caused by genetics or, for instance, a leg fracture. Or it may be functional—the legs are the same length but, for example, the feet hit the ground differently (most often one foot rolls slightly inward), so that one leg is effectively “shorter.” If your pelvis is asymmetrical, or you have a muscle imbalance on one side, or you’ve had a total hip replacement, it may seem that one leg is shorter. It is nearly impossible to measure your own legs accurately. The best way is with X-rays, but this is rarely necessary. It’s usually sufficient for a physician, podiatrist, or physical therapist to observe your gait carefully and use a tape measure to measure your legs. One problem: some practitioners overemphasize the importance of small differences in leg length and/or mismeasure legs, leading to inappropriate treatments. If you have an anatomical difference in leg length that is causing hip, back, knee, foot, or back pain, inexpensive shoe lifts or custom-made orthotic devices may help. If it’s a functional problem, stretching and strengthening exercises may be recommended. "
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@olivemai (4738)
• United States
25 May 08
This is good information! I think some people will simply use a cane, to help prevent them from falling!
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@ellie333 (21018)
25 May 08
My right leg is slighty shorter than my left also. I notice this more with my work trousers as the right leg tends to fray slighty at the bottom where it just scraps the ground but the left leg doesn't. Nothing in nature is exact so why should our legs be eh! Ellie :D
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@dierdre (2207)
• Philippines
25 May 08
i never paid any attention to it before, but i just stood up and took notice of my legs and i planted it firmly on the ground and they look pretty much the same length to me. how did you find out that your other leg is shorter?
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@youless (104245)
• Guangzhou, China
25 May 08
I think it's OK. In fact this is quite common. I haven't measured myself, but I think the length difference of my legs are not obvious. I love China
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@s2a2n2 (1732)
• India
25 May 08
I never noticed this before. And I am bit surprised after seeing this post from you. I expected both the legs to be of same length if not in width. Is it correct that your legs are of different length and if yes how come you confirmed they are different in length. Its building curiosity to measure my legs. cheers
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@wickedangel (1636)
• Dominican Republic
25 May 08
I haven't noticed if one my legs is longer than the other but I do know that one foot is wider than the other one whilst that one is longer than the wider one! Mother nature sure has made us unique in more ways than one! There is no such thing as perfect symmetry in a human being. Oh well, we keep on striving for perfection.
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@GreenMoo (11837)
25 May 08
That's really quite normal. Your hands, your feet, your ears, they will all be different sizes. Even the two sides of your face are different. Try holding a mirror down the centre of your face and looking at the 'whole' face you can see. Weird, huh?
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@aplaza (631)
• Netherlands
25 May 08
It is very common that not everything on our body is the exact same size on the left and the right. For example: Many peoples feet are of different sizes. However here is a tip that may help you. It is quite possible that your hip is out of alignment. You may want to go to somebody who is a specilist in these things to make sure if your leg really is longer or if you just need an adjustment.
@maquisa (316)
• Philippines
25 May 08
when i was in my school days...my instructor always says that no one in this world is the same and equal...its what you called excitement and being complete...just notice not just your legs but even everything that part of your body that is two,and even twins are different even if you say that they are identical there is always a differences...
• India
2 Jun 08
wow sophialin...u are right.. i noticed it now...
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@FiveZhuo (156)
• China
29 May 08
i never paid attention to it, but i think it doesn't matter if the difference is just a little.everything isn't perfect.i think the god is fair.here is missing ,there is gaining.
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@lynnchua (3415)
• Singapore
26 May 08
I never paid attention to it but as I think its quite normal because even twin have slight different.
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@vanities (11409)
• Davao, Philippines
26 May 08
is it?? does it make you limp when walking or do you find difficulty in moving/running having one short? mine i guess is same length since i can walk without limping..
@rookiekan (883)
• China
25 May 08
it is not surprise,as sports expert said most of soccer players have different length leg cos some players only use one foot take the ball and kick the ball. but i am fully,i can play right and left leg,so i am sure i dont have any length difference between my two legs haha
@olivemai (4738)
• United States
25 May 08
I think it is my right leg that is two inches longer than my left leg! I was unaware of it for quite some time! It caused me a mild limp that I was also not aware of until I was almost thirty! I did know that I had some pain in my back, but I did not know why.
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@jeseravi (338)
29 May 08
It's caused by stretching one limb more than another over a very long period of time (usually) but some people are just born with bones that are longer. But unless you noticed this from birth, that's probably not the case. :) I personally don't have this problem, but being a doctor, I've had a couple people ask me this before lol
@kevends (47)
• China
28 May 08
I really feel very sorry for my poor knowledge,this is the first time i heard of this common thing-_- and i really never pay attention on it!!!!
@subha12 (18449)
• India
28 May 08
i have never noticed this. may be both my legs are not in equal length or they may be equal. sometimes it may seem so as we walk is different style.
@kun2349 (23381)
• Singapore
28 May 08
I guess all humans has got different length in their limbs, just that it's not too much difference to be noticed by ple or oneself.. As long as u can still walk properly and din limp, it's ok.. I too have slight difference on my legs but it's not noticeable unless when i'm running.. But others cant see it, i can only feel it myself ^_^