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What is Leg Length Discrepancy?

1 Comment27 April 2023

Leg Length Discrepancy refers to the difference in length between a persons legs. Whilst most people have legs that are slightly different lengths, this becomes a problem when the discrepancy is noticeable and painful.

So what exactly causes leg length discrepancy and what orthotic treatments are available to combat it? We've put together this handy guide to help you find out.

What Does Our Guide Cover?

If you want, you can jump right in by clicking one of the quick links below. Alternatively, keep scrolling for more information:

What Is Leg Length Discrepancy?

Unfortunately, one persons legs can vary greatly in terms of length, either due to a congenital defect present from birth or because of the bone and cartilage erosion that occurs following hip replacement surgery.

If you're interested in our full range of orthotics for leg length discrepancy, click the link below to jump right in:

What Causes Leg Length Discrepancy?

A discrepancy or difference in length can be present from birth due to a slight difference in the alignment of your hips, or it can develop over time due to wear and tear on the pelvis. Alternatively, you may find that you have developed leg length discrepancy following an operation or hip replacement surgery due to the erosion of bone or cartilage on one side of the body. 

Heel Lifts for Leg Length Discrepancy

Heel Lifts are the most common type of orthotics offered for the in-shoe correction of Leg Length Discrepancy.  Heel lifts are usually either sold in a variety in heights to suit your needs or as adjustable, peel-away inserts that allow you to exactly match the height to your leg. 

Clearly Adjustable Heel Lift

Clearly Adjustable Heel Lift

  • Shapes to your shoe for enhanced pain-relief and comfort
  • Clear and durable vinyl foundation is long-lasting
  • Perfect for use following knee replacement surgery
  • Available in 3 different sizes for a guaranteed fit
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Proheel Heel Elevators for Leg Length Discrepancy

Proheel Heel Elevators for Leg Length Discrepancy

  • Robust heel cup for stability
  • Anti-bacterial microfibre top cover
  • Additional self-adhesive 3mm heel raise
  • Supplied as a pair of Heel Elevators
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£20.27
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Podotech Cork Heel Lifts (5mm)

Podotech Cork Heel Lifts (5mm)

  • Simple orthotic that lifts the heel for instant relief from pain
  • Economical and durable due to being made from cork
  • Available in a range of sizes for the best fit
  • Can be worn above or below the insole to ensure the best comfort and support
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£7.29
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Adjust-A-Lift Heel Lift

Adjust-A-Lift Heel Lift

  • Adjustable layers to help match leg length discrepancies
  • Comfortable and absorbing leather top layer
  • Ideal for managing LLD following hip replacement surgery
  • Insoles or footbeds in shoes do not need to be removed
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£12.95
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Insoles for Leg Length Discrepancy

Full Length Insoles and Inserts support the heel, arch and ball of foot, providing a comprehensive lift whilst helping to align the body. Full length insoles designed to treat LLD are ideal for those who prefer a gradually tapering orthotic instead of an obvious lift in the heel area of the shoe.

Clearly Adjustable Leg Length Discrepancy Insole

Clearly Adjustable Leg Length Discrepancy Insole

  • Combats leg length discrepancy where one leg is shorter than the other
  • Fully adjustable in 1mm height increments
  • Can elevate foot height and leg length by up to 18mm
  • Perfect for use following knee replacement surgery
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£53.99
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Did You Know?

  • More than 50% of people have a subtle difference in the length of their legs
  • A discrepancy in leg length can be caused by an operation like a hip replacement
  • Orthotics and heel lifts can have an instant impact combatting pain
  • Some people are simply born with a discrepancy due to unaligned hips 

How Severe Can Leg Length Discrepancy Get?

A severe case of LLD can mean the little leg is so far behind the big leg that the in-shoe equivalent of standing on a box would need to be implemented. This is most common among children who display the symptoms early.

For most people, a minor discrepancy can be treated using a heel lift or adjustable insole. 

Still Unsure?

If you haven't found what you're looking for, take a look at our full range of LLD Insoles by clicking the link below, or continue scrolling to view more orthotics for the treatment of leg length discrepancy:

The Full Range

Save yourself a click by checking out our full range below:

OrthoSole Heel Lift Shoe Insoles

OrthoSole Heel Lift Shoe Insoles

  • Heel lifts for additional support either with or without insoles
  • Suitable for a wide range of ailments, including plantar fasciitis
  • Self-adhesive backing to fix easily to shoes
  • Available in six depths from 4mm to 15mm
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£7.00
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Langer PPT Foam Heel Cushions for Heel Pain (Pack of 6 Pairs)

Langer PPT Foam Heel Cushions for Heel Pain (Pack of 6 Pairs)

  • Six pairs of PPT foam heel cushions
  • Helps to alleviate pain in the heel, plantar, and Achilles tendon
  • Adhesive back offers easy application
  • Available in a range of sizes
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£23.99

Basic Heel Elevator Lifts for Shoes

Basic Heel Elevator Lifts for Shoes

  • Easy-to-use heel lifts
  • Can be applied to a range of orthotics
  • Self-adhesive backing for easy application
  • Available in three thicknesses and three sizes
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From:  £3.48
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Podotech Cork Heel Lifts (5mm)

Podotech Cork Heel Lifts (5mm)

  • Simple orthotic that lifts the heel for instant relief from pain
  • Economical and durable due to being made from cork
  • Available in a range of sizes for the best fit
  • Can be worn above or below the insole to ensure the best comfort and support
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£7.29
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Cambion PQ 9mm Heel Lift

Cambion PQ 9mm Heel Lift

  • Absorbs and dissipates energy generated by heel strike
  • Protects from impact of heels on hard surfaces
  • Helps improve your leg length discrepancy
  • Heel Lift made from visco-elastic polymer
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From:  £11.38
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Tred-Lite Ezi Rize Heel Raiser Insole (Single)

Tred-Lite Ezi Rize Heel Raiser Insole (Single)

  • Adjustable heel raiser for effective support
  • Can be adjusted from 3 to 15mm tall to suit you
  • Multi layered EVA for durable, long-term use
  • Suitable for posture related symptoms
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£12.99
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Evenup Shoe Balancer for Leg Length Discrepancies

Evenup Shoe Balancer for Leg Length Discrepancies

  • Equalises the patient's lower limb length when walking in a leg or boot cast
  • Fully adjustable with nylon strapping
  • Fits various shoe sizes with a universal left/right design
  • Durable EVA sole for shock absorption
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£31.50
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Talarmade Elevate 3/4 Length Orthotics

Talarmade Elevate 3/4 Length Orthotics

  • Heat mouldable orthotic kit for tailored support
  • For customised patient fit by a professional
  • Follows anatomical features to provide excellent comfort
  • Suitable for a variety of conditions
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£28.99

Tred-Lite Ezi Rize Insoles (Pair)

Tred-Lite Ezi Rize Insoles (Pair)

  • Adjustable insoles perfect for leg length discrepancy correction
  • Rises the heel in adjustable 3mm increments
  • Offers lift of 3 mm - 15 mm
  • Available in male and female sizes
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£27.98   £24.99
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Terry
07 March 2021  |  10:36

I have 15mm heel lifts. Which are the best insoles to put in your shoe to go with these? I feel heel pain not a great deal but some cushioning would be great.

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