I'm interested in what you have to say about this problem. I have had standing x-rays of my pelvis on several different occasions by chiropractors and have been told I have a 9mm difference, as in my left hip is that much higher than my right. The problem is, this feels like a lot in a shoe and won't even fit in some. I am using the clearlyadjustable heel lift. I have taken them in and out of my shoes over and again, hoping and praying that custom orthotics would correct the pronation and I don't really need the lift. They never have helped.
I have a large knot in my right forefoot area/calf pain and tightness and a stretched out, weak feeling in the front of my left hip with muscle pain and tightness in that glute/hamstring. I'm experimenting with a 5mm heel lift under a custom orthotic on the right but it feels low.
I just want to get back to running and weightlifting(deadlifts and squats).
I look forward to your suggestions if you have time.
Jody from Canada
Thank you for your email. To summarize, you seem to have 3 biomechanical problems, each with different causes and potential treatments. These are:
- A short right leg of 9 mm or 3/8th inch.
- Excessive Pronation requiring some amount of pronation control from orthotic devices.
- Weak Areas needing strengthening, bracing, or biomechanical changes.
- Can you go to bigger shoes?
- Can you use full length lifts instead of heel lifts?
- What symptoms are more important to treat first?
- Are those symptoms most related to over pronation or a short leg syndrome?
- Can I use lifts in my weight lifting shoes and orthotics in my running shoes or vice versa?
- Is the pronation worse on the right side so I possibly can try to correct the shortness with a right orthotic device and 1/8th extra full length lift?