When one has a lower leg length inequality, have you measured the effects it has on the hips when one goes into
|Normal and Abnormal Motions/Positions of the Hip Area|
Another doctor/therapist may want to start with heel lifts. As they treat the patient, they should evaluate in every shoe that the patient uses the lifts whether there is hip stability, hip evenness, elimination of limb dominance and no hip hike at heel contact. There are so many shoe styles, that patients often find that the same lift in one shoe that was working well, has some issues with another shoe. In general, the nuances can be worked out, but most just do not wear the lift in those shoes it does not seem to work with.
So, to answer your basic question, I normally see smoother, more equal, less jerky motion at the hip and knee with full length lifts than heel lifts. But, if I was starting with heel lifts in a non-athlete that was not on the ball of their foot a lot, I probably could find some shoes out there that worked well for the patient in terms of these issues. I hope I was able to answer your question.