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Just found out, one leg is shorter than the other.(7 posts)

Just found out, one leg is shorter than the other.toronto-rider
Jan 9, 2004 7:59 AM
I have had an IT band issue since September, been to 2 doctors and 2 PT's, now for the past couple of weeks I have been going to a chiropractor. Yesterday he decides to measure both legs and what do you know. one of them is almost an inch longer than the other. I cannot tell you how happy I was to hear this. I never thought I would ever be able to get rid of this IT band thing. For the past 6 years my right leg (the shorter one) always gets sore if I stand around for more than a couple of minutes without moving (at a bar, waiting in line, etc) but my ridding was never effected. This past September my right IT band was killing me after every ride, so I went to the PT, she helped a bit but my leg was never fully healed, after a ride in October I decided that I would give my legs a rest to heal. After talking to someone, they suggested I try active release therapy with a chiropractor. The chiro said that just by resting my leg it would never get better by itself as I had deep scare tissue damage. He now suggests I get a lift for all my shoes and I get custom orthotics. I can't wait to get back on the bike.
I just wished that between the 2 sport doctors and PT I had seen, that one of them would have suggested measuring my legs.

something fun to trymohair_chair
Jan 9, 2004 9:01 AM
Calculate how far you would have to walk straight ahead to make a complete circle!!! Or, if math isn't your thing, just go do it and find out.

Let us know how it goes, got the same problem. (nm)Chen2
Jan 9, 2004 9:08 AM
i would do something before...one_speed
Jan 9, 2004 9:31 AM
your back get screwed up. as for riding, you could try using a lift in the shoe with the shorter leg, or maybe even a shorter crank arm. a spacer under the cleat may be the best option, don't know. but good luck with it!
re: Just found out, one leg is shorter than the other.Broomwagon
Jan 9, 2004 10:37 AM
I've had knee problems over the years and my PT found that my left leg was shorter than the right by about 1cm. He put an extra shoe insert in my left shoe to make up part of the difference. For some reason, he said to only shim or make up half of the difference. I don't recall the reason though. Anyhow, I later bought shims for the Speedplay cleats and got rid of the insert. I've been using the shims for a couple of years now and they seem to work just fine.
re: Just found out, one leg is shorter than the other.Jon Billheimer
Jan 9, 2004 12:13 PM
A doctor friend of mine says a 1/2 inch discrepancy is common in most people. I'd had some periodically recurring anterior tibialis tendonitis even with a built up arch support under one foot. So this year I shimmed my speedplay cleat by 1/8th of an inch and the problems disappeared.

It's been my experience that most IT band problems occur as a result of a tilted pelvis, which a leg length discrepancy would create.
Join the crowd...lyleseven
Jan 9, 2004 10:08 PM
I don't want to burst anyone's bubble here, but just about all of us have one leg shorter than the other. I hardly know any chiropractor that won't come up with this type of discrepancy in leg lenght. Beware, however, as to whether that in fact is the cause of any problem in and of it self.....If it is the problem, a simple orthotic will most often correct the problem.