Has your child been diagnosed with leg length discrepancy? I know this might sound like a serious issue, but you shouldn’t panic! Leg length discrepancy in kids is more common than you’d think and the cause is unknown. The greater the discrepancy between the legs, the more problems this can cause!
What is leg length discrepancy? It is an orthopedic problem that usually appears in young children, in which a child’s two legs are of unequal length. Basically this means that your kid’s legs are slightly different lengths, with one being longer than the other.
I have been working at a specialized children shoe store for over 6 years now, and we help children who have orthopedic problems. I have fitted several children that have leg length discrepancy, and the proper pair of shoes with heel lifts will will make a huge difference in the way your child walks!
The main issue with having leg length discrepancy is that it can cause knee, hip, and lower back pain!
Did you know that wearing the right type of shoes and heel lifts may be all your child needs to reduce or completely eliminate the pain they are experiencing?
I will describe the best shoes and heel lifts for a child that has leg length discrepancy!
What Are Some Of The Causes For Leg Length Discrepancy In Kids?
Some of the possible causes involve:
- An injury or infection that slows down the growth of one leg bone.
- An injury to the growth plate that slows down bone growth in that leg.
- A fracture to a leg bone that might cause overgrowth of the bone as it heals.
- A hereditary problem.
- Certain conditions that affect the muscles and nerves, such as polio.
You might be asking yourself: What does a shoe fitter knows about leg length discrepancy? I actually helped several children that come to the store with a leg length discrepancy looking for shoes and lifts.
I am an expert in fitting these kids with lifts and shoes, and I have seen the positive impact that a good fitting shoe can have in their walking and running, and most importantly, how it can significantly reduce or completely eliminate any pain that your child might have been experiencing!
I wrote a post where I describe the most durable and better-made kids’ sneakers! The post is called:
When Should I Take My Child To The Doctor?
As parents watch their children grow and begin to crawl, a discrepancy in leg length will usually become more obvious. If you believe or suspect that your child has a leg length discrepancy and he is complaining about pain, you should take him to your pediatrician or physical therapist.
Depending on the amount of difference between your kids’ leg lengths, your pediatrician will discuss treatment options carefully with you before any decisions are made. While I am not a doctor, I have learned that no treatment is generally required if your kid’s final leg length discrepancy is less than 2 centimeters at full height. However, if the discrepancy is more than 2 centimeters, doctors might require one of the two options mentioned below:
- Surgery to shorten the longer leg or to lengthen the shorter leg.
- A heel lift in one shoe.
Obviously the heel lift option is the most convenient and economical one, and it is not nearly as invasive. Something as simple as wearing the correct pair of shoes with a pair of heels lifts is all that your child might need!
Prevent Long Term Problems By Acting Early – Good Shoes And Lifts!
If your child has leg length discrepancy, he can still play and run around without any problems. However, like I mentioned before, if the child has more than 2 centimeters of leg length discrepancy and you don’t treat it, problems such as hip, back, and knee pain will arise as the child grows!
That is why it’s extremely important that you provide your child with the correct pair of heel lifts and shoes to improve the way they are walking, and to preventing them from putting more pressure on certain parts of his body. Wearing the right type of shoes will help them redistribute their body weight and prevent putting excess pressure on one of the feet and legs!
The Best Heel Lifts For Kids’ – Stop The Pain!
At the children’s shoe store that I work for we specialize in kids with foot issues that need special fitting shoes and orthotics. After fitting children in heel lifts through the years, I can tell you with confidence that no single heel lift product works best in every shoe. While in most cases the doctor recommends the parent with a specific heel lift. But in certain cases parents need to purchase it on their own and this can create all sort of confusion and frustration!
I will show you the most popular and best-made heel lifts for kids! Firm in-compressible heel lifts are the most effective when it comes to treating leg length discrepancy in kids. These heel lifts below are ideal not only for children with leg-length discrepancies, but they are also excellent for those suffering from heel spurs and ankle pain!
Your kids’ will have a much better experience walking and running around in a pair of heel lifts paired with the right shoes!
Below you can find the best heel lifts for children!
The Best Fitting Shoes For Heel Lifts – Choose Them Carefully!
Our main goal is to find shoes that will fit the heel lifts perfectly! Once we place the heel lifts inside the shoes, the lift should fit deep inside them, that way your child won’t feel like his feet are coming out of the shoe when he walks or runs!
For example, when I fit a child in an orthotic, I have to find a shoe with a deeper end, and the deeper the shoe, the better the orthotic will fit inside the shoe. I have fitted a selection of shoes that tend to work best with heel lifts, and I will share these shoe styles with you! We are basically looking for three things in the shoe:
- A very deep end for the lift to fit inside the shoe properly.
- A firm heel counter for ankle support.
- Good support for everyday walking and running.
I always recommend that parents take their kids to their local children’s shoe store to have their shoes properly fitted. However, if you don’t have a local shoe store, below you can find a selection of the best fitting shoes for heel lifts!
The shoes in the first-row fit “short”, which means that you need to go a whole size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
The shoes in the second-row fit “true to size”, which means that you need to go a half a size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
Now that you know the best shoes for heels lifts, your are ready to make the most informed decision! Don’t forget to provide your child with a good pair of socks, since these are just as important as shoes when it comes to keeping your kids’ feet healthy!
I don’t go over it in this post, but I do describe the best socks for kids’ in another post called:
Does your child have leg length discrepancy? How are you treating it? Have you find a pair of lifts and shoes that work best for his or her feet? Please share your experiences below so we can all benefit from them!