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Leg length can cause back pain!

November 5, 2019


One of the common causes of lower back pain is an uneven leg length. When looking at uneven leg length there are two reasons. The first is that the bones are physically a different length, the second type of leg length discrepancy is when the muscles in the pelvic region change the position of the head of the femur (leg bone) which causes the difference in the leg of the legs . Both of these conditions lead to an uneven hip height, as well as an imbalance in the stress and loading of the pelvis, the sacral iliac joint and the lumbosacral spine. When your back pain is due to an uneven leg length it is essential to address the leg length first, otherwise the back pain will never stop. 


Uneven leg length due to a physical leg discrepancy requires a insert into your shoe to equal out this leg length, this can be inserted by a Podiatrist. This stabilising the hip creating an even hip height.


When uneven leg length is due to position of the hip it is essential that you establish why this is occurring, it can often be due to the muscles in the pelvis not working correctly on one side of the pelvis in comparison to the other. This can also occur due to ankle mobility. When the ankle does not move correctly this can lead to dysfunction in the hip.


If you believe you have an uneven leg length causing your back pain it is essential to have this assessed by a health professional who understands this and can treat this biomechanical dysfunction in the pelvis and or ankle.


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Simon Fox BSc (Hons)

Exercise Rehabilitation Specialist

19A Edward St Mitcham, Vic 

Ph (03) 9873 2568