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Unequal Limb Length in Polio Patients Treated with Heel Lifts

Discussion in 'Biomechanics, Sports and Foot orthoses' started by terigreen, Oct 26, 2020.

  1. terigreen

    terigreen Active Member


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    Polio patients usually have a short limb and or scoliosis that can be treated with a common heel lift. This leg length discrepancy is permanent. Polio patients commonly will have lower back pain, hip, knee, and ankle pain due to the unequal leg length. Medical providers can easily treat the patient’s discomfort with a simple shoe heel lift. Usually, a heel lift that is dispensed is about 1/4 the limb length discrepancy. The proper height depends on the patient’s comfort level and how long they have had the short limb.

    Heel lifts are placed on the short limb side underneath the shoe’s insole. This allows the heel lift to sit firmly at the bottom of the shoe. Optimum control and comfort to the patient is then achieved. In shoe heel lifts can be manufactured from cork and EVA/rubber blend. They come in different heights to correct the leg discrepancy.

    Teri Green
    Atlas Biomechanics
     
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