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drummergirl (@drummergirl)

Uneven leg length after hip replacement

Joint Replacements | Last Active: Oct 29, 2023 | Replies (23)

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@sueinmn

@drummergirl Yes, uneven leg length is common after hip replacement. Sometimes your body adjusts on its own, other times the issue can become a problem. Like you, I wore a lift for years, but after hip revision, my therapist worked with me to get my body in balance and correct my gait. Also, sometimes the apparent length discrepancy is actually because you walked off balance or with a limp for so long that the correction feels unnatural.

Have you had the leg length, your hip/pelvic alignment and gait evaluated by a Physical Therapist skilled in Rehabilitation? (not just an associate who has a list of exercises to do after surgery)
Sue

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Thanks Sue- I have had in home therapy and no advice on the subject. I do start outpatient therapy on Tuesday and hope to get better direction. I will be looking at all possibilities, as I am hoping to be able to wear at least a low heal, since I am 5’2”.
I think it is absolutely important to level up my body, as I have a noticeable hitch in my step when I don’t have the insert in my shoe.

I was already walking with a limp as I have had tendon surgery that left me with a profound limp. I have had PT several times with a very experienced therapist. I also have a damaged psoas muscle that I feel was damaged in the hip replacement.