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If one of your child's legs is longer than the other leg, he or she has a common problem known as leg length discrepancy. A typical difference in leg length can be anywhere from one centimeter, which usually does not cause any problems, to more than six centimeters. The greater the discrepancy, the more your child must compensate his or her normal posture and walking pattern in day to day life, which can lead to a variety of symptoms, such as functional scoliosis, hip, knee and ankle problems.
There are generally two kinds of leg length discrepancies:
How Boston Children's Hospital approaches leg length discrepancy
Depending on the severity of your child's condition, doctors may or may not require surgery to treat the leg length discrepancy. But if the condition is severe enough to require surgery, doctors at Children's are committed to working with you and your child to weigh all the available options, taking into consideration recovery time, possible side effects and your child's individual physical needs.
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