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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Short Legs and Knee Pain: Email Correspondance


I thought you might be interested in this article I uncovered in regards to leg length discrepancies and knee pain. having run for several years with an insert in my left shoe, I strongly suspected that my left leg was the shorter one. The article confirms this, in stating that knee pain usually occurs in the longer leg, but advises caution, as apparent leg length discrepancies can occur for lots of reasons. 

Based on the above, but still wanting to be cautious, I've been running with a very thin moleskin in the left shoe, and my knee pain seems to be abating. I ran a 1:02:53 in the Kaiser Half, and feeling better every day. If I notice any signs of the knee pain returning I'll follow up and get those Xrays.

Dr Blake's comment: I had recommended a Standing AP Pelvic Xray in normal stance to check on leg length difference as a possible cause of his knee pain. 

Thanks for all your help! It's made a huge difference. I complimented you in a recent blog about my return to competitive running. I'll send you the link when it goes live.

1 comment:

Thank you very much for leaving a comment. Due to my time restraints, some comments may not be answered.I will answer questions that I feel will help the community as a whole.. I can only answer medical questions in a general form. No specific answers can be given. Please consult a podiatrist, therapist, orthopedist, or sports medicine physician in your area for specific questions.