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Sports Medicine/Leg Length Discrepancy caused herniated disc


Hi, not sure you will have the answer but I'll give it a try. In 2004 I suffered a femur fracture in my left leg had rods put in and removed later. Ended up having to have a screw surgically inserted in my right hip. I am now 22 years old and playing college football and recently found out I have 2 herniated discs in my lower back. It caused excruciating sciatic pain in one leg then switched to the other. Surgery was not recommended because I was and am not in excruciating pain as I was in the beginning. Yesterday I also found out that I have a 1 inch leg length discrepancy and that may be the cause of my back problems. My question is could a 1 inch thick insole in my right shoe help the pain go away? And could I insert it into my football cleat?

Hi Jordan- yes it's possible that the leg length discrepancy is related to your back problems. BUT- the following info is important
1.- consult with your sports therapist or better yet sports Chiro re the measured difference- 1inch is a lot- doubt its that much.
2. Foot mechanics also very important so get some sports podiatry input re orthotics ( they can include lift), possibly in conjunction with the shoe
3. My recc is to probably start with 50% of the difference & proceed from there- don't recc the whole amt.
4. Often leg length correction is. Not precise so you need medical supervision-especially with your surgical history & the sport of football
BOTTOM LINE-- I would expect ideally that prescription orthotics with some heel lift correction & combined with lift correction on shoe would be best -- if ok with your Doc- you might try 1/2 inch insole in shoe gradually & see how it feels in football cleats but YOU NEED SPORTS MED SUPERVISON to really determine the proper amount ETC. Hope this is helpful- Good Luck, Dr. Bob Weil

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Diagnosis & treatment & PREVENTION of foot & foot related lower extremity sports related problems. Indications & uses of prescription in shoe orthotics. Foot, ankle functional exercises for injury prevention & enhanced performance. Specific specialty in orthotic use in figure skating & hockey. Access to all topics re sports medicine at radio shows & articles re "the physical & mental challenges of the high performance youth athlete.


Podiatry Management Magazine, 9/10/10, "Hitting the Airwaves- this podiatrist uses his own radio show to promote Podiatry Podiatry Management Mag-6/-7/2010, "Figure Skating, Olympic Gold, & Podiatry Lower Extremity Review,7/2012, Pediatric Obesity weighs on Bones & Joints Numerous articles,"the sports doctor"- listed news articles 3 years of weekly radio shows, "the sports doctor", listed shows

BA degree science Univ. Louisville, Doctor Podiatric Medicine, Scholls College Podiatric Medicine, Chicago, Ill.

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Treated many athletes in all sports, tennis- John McEnroe, Tracy Austin, numerous members of 85 Super Bowl Bears Evan Lysacek, 2010 men's Olympic Gold Medal figure skating champion.

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