Dysmetry (cut leg): what is it, how to identify it and treatment

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The cut leg syndrome, scientifically called lower limb dysmetry, is a situation in which a leg is more cut than the other and the difference between them can vary between less than 1 cm or up to several centimeters. Mientras mayor sea la difference between el largo de las piernas, mayor will be the malastar de la persona, and that will end up making movement very difficult.

La Pierna Corta can be classified as true or false. The pierna cut the truth occurs when the huesos of the pierna are really bad; on the other hand, if llama pierna cuts false when the lengths of the legs of the legs are the same, but there is an unevenness in the chair.

It is possible to cure the pierna cut, leaving the two delmismo size, without embargo, the treatments vary according to the cause, reason for the cual, each case must be discussed personally with the orthopedist.

How to identify that a leg is the worst cut

When the person has more than 2 cm of difference in length between the legs, it is possible to observe his unlined body, however, when the length is less than 2 cm, it can be observed that one leg is wider than the other when the person is acuesta boca arrives and doubles the legs. When it is observed that one wheel falls to a higher height than the other, it could mean that one of the legs is more cut.

Another way to measure the length of the legs is using a measuring tape or observing the level of the chair when placing the person on wooden platforms that measure from 1 to 5 cm in height.

When the difference in length is small and no changes are noted using these strategies, only image exams such as panoramic X-rays and scanometry, which consist of a regular X-rays, can highlight the dysmetry and the need for treatment.

To confirm the diagnosis, it is very important to perform the X-rays, those who will also help to identify the cause and improve the treatment.

How is the treatment performed?

The more early the short leg syndrome is diagnosed, the sooner the treatment will begin and the greater the possibilities of healing will be, especially if the treatment is started in childhood.

When the difference between the length of the legs is equal to or less than 0.5 cm, there is no need for treatment, as all people have this difference in adult life. When the difference is major, the treatment for the cut leg can be carried out with:

  • Physiotherapy sessions to release the fasciastretch cut muscles, correct scoliosis and reduce pain and muscle weakness, for example;
  • Use of a plant which is placed by the lower heel of the pierna but it cuts to equal the height of the two. This plant must be placed inside the shoes when the cutout is up to 2 cm, but with greater height differences, you can use heavy shoes to measure;
  • Osteopathy and RPG sessionsthat are very effective for the alignment of the whole body and manage to cure the false leg cut;
  • Surgery for correction of the cut leg, being especially indicated in the case of a short leg longer than 2 cm. The doctor may even suggest another surgery called epiphysiodesis, which consists of stopping the growth of a healthy leg.

The orthopedist can indicate what the difference in length will be between the legs in adult life, even when it evaluates children, resorting to a calculation that indicates what the difference in height will be in the future. Knowing this value is important because whenever the person has more than 5 cm of difference in length at any stage of life, including adulthood, surgery is indicated.

possible complications

Having a leg more cut that the other can generate some complications for health, such as:

  • Difficulty walking;
  • Alteraciones en las rodillas, las cuales can be rotated hacia adentro or hacia afuera;
  • Development of small fractures, called stress fractures;
  • Development of scoliosis, because the spinal column adopts an incorrect position;
  • Dolores de espalda, shoulders and cuello.

All these complications can be related to each other, because as one of the legs is more severe, the body will tend to adapt to this reality, adopting incorrect compensatory postures that can cause pain and inflammation with the passage of time.

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