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Biomechanical implications of mild leg length inequality.
  1. S T McCaw,
  2. B T Bates
  1. Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Illinois State University, Normal 61761.


    The effect of mild leg length inequality (lower extremity length difference less than 3 cm) on posture and gait has been the source of much controversy. Many opinions have been expressed both for and against the need for intervention to reduce the magnitude of the discrepancy. This paper emphasizes the need for accurate and reliable assessment of leg length differences using a clinically functional radiographic technique, and reviews the biomechanical implications of leg length inequality as related to the development of stress fractures, low back pain and osteoarthritis.

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