WAYS TO DEAL With One leg shorter than the other

Limb Length Discrepancy or Short Leg Syndrome is the medical terminology for one leg normally the right one being shorter than the other.

Research  shows that Leg Length Discrepancy is universal and that 90% of the population has it with an average of 5.2mm.  (Knutson, 2005).

However, many folks live on with it at times being aware but ignoring the fact, while some are not aware or even bothered just like i lived on with it for over 26 years without bothering until i started experiencing serious health consequences which included the following;


~   Bending of the spine due to poor posture while standing and walking.

~   Lower back muscle pain due to the bent spine.

~   Over time, abnormal spinal stress may lead to the degeneration of joints, ligaments and muscles.

poor posture strains your muscles and bones, which contributes to the cause of fatigue.

Weakness or feeling tired may hinder your daily routines because of poor concentration on work or a certain project.

It’s however important to note that two literature reviews have concluded that at least 20mm of a Leg Length Discrepancy is necessary to negatively affect the patient with regard to pain, function, and bio-mechanics.


Short leg syndrome can be caused by a number of factors depending on the Type of Leg Length Discrepancy.

The medical community quotes two main types of Leg Length Discrepancy..


Functional Leg Length Discrepancyshort leg syndrome causes

This occurs when alignment or dysfunction of a joint causes an appearance of a short leg. For instance, the pelvic bone can rotate and cause the femur to move up or down, creating an apparent short or long leg.

The other common functional cause may be a result of hip rotator tightening  and/or psoas muscle tightening  resulting in the pulling of  femur giving the appearance of a short leg.


Structural Leg Length Discrepancy

This occurs when the tibia (shin bone) or femur (thigh bone) of one leg is  shorter than the other leg.  This can be congenital, but it can also be caused by a healed fracture.

Other Causes may include;

~   poor posture due to pelvic joint or lumbar spine misalignment.

~   Positioning of the fetus

~   The aftermath of a prosthetic joint replacement, e.g., hip or knee replacement or even bone surgery.

In some instances this syndrome seems to occur in families, suggesting that some cases might be genetic. Specific diseases which manifest the syndrome are known to be hereditary.


Techniques Used to Measure the Discrepancy

~   The practitioner measures your legs while you are lying on your back or stomach.

~   Some practitioners may look at the height of your pelvis while standing.

~   Some will have you lie on your back and bend your knees to see if the femur or tibia are longer.

~    x-rays.


one leg is shorter than other exercise to grow shorter leg.

Lengthening The Shorter Leg with Cycling (how to deal with one shorter leg)


Cycling helps to stretch the calf muscles as well as the popliteal fossa(part behind the knee).

For more information on leg lengthening with cycling visit Lengthening with Cycling
Its one of the best exercises to lengthen the shorter leg.

When cycling, put more emphasis on the shorter leg by stretching it harder or try as much as you can to cycle with one leg.

Do the exercise every day for just about 2 to five minutes and you will grow an inch in four months in the shorter leg.

If you wonder how you can lengthen the short leg without any surgery, It’s one great technique i would recommend.

You should also apply the principles on

Many report success lengthening their legs slightly when pedaling a stationary bike with raised saddle  my self inclusive so why not you?

If your intention is to lengthen both legs, then emphasize one leg at a go though spending more time emphasizing the shorter leg.

If done correctly, you should see results in 2-4 months time depending on the size of the discrepancy.


Lengthening the shorter leg with surgery.

If you wish to under go surgery to lengthen the shorter leg, here is what you may need to know about….Leg Lengthening Surgery