Assessing LLD And Whether Shoe Lifts Can Have An Impact
- Volume 24 - Issue 7 - July 2011
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The logistics of utilizing lifts is easier than fabricating orthotic devices. Once you make the recommendation to patients, have them give you a shoe. Send the shoe to a lab of your choice. It will be fixed and returned within a week. This allows you to maintain control of the treatment and effectively monitor the patient's progress.
Leg length discrepancies are well understood and described in the literature. However, integrating the assessment and conservative treatment of LLDs into your practice is another matter. Look for LLDs in all of your patients with asymmetric findings. Look for it in patients who have undergone joint replacement surgery. Diagnose it with more frequency and start treating it with the modification of shoes. You will be pleasantly surprised how easy and gratifying this treatment can be for you and your patients.
Dr. Levine is a Fellow of the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons, and the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine. He is in private practice and is the director and owner of the Frederick, Md.-based Walkright and Physician's Footwear, a comprehensive pedorthic facility. For more information or to contact Dr. Levine, visit www.Levinefeet.com .
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Editor’s note: For a related PodiatryLIVE™ video by Dr. Levine, see http://www.podiatrylive.com/shoe_lift_LLD .