I knew I had a slightly short right leg prior to a catastrophic low back injury 5yrs ago...looking at the saddle of my race bike you could see it...carbon fibre and titanium bent down, pushed down on the right side. Little did I know what it might do to my lumbro-sacral region. Two months off work, three years of rehab exercises before the symptoms cleared until two months ago, relapse with minor disk bulge >>> rehab like mad and a course of Thymosine Beta 4 >>> all good but the niggles are still there. I have prescribed them for others and now experiment with a heel lift under the right foot for myself. Every case is different and I have written extensively about my observations of Short Right Leg Syndrome. Within two days of commencing the trial, good but unexpected results. Pictured are two and three layer prototypes constructed of 1.5mm fibre reinforced rubber sheet sourced from local hardware shop. The larger one for my open sandals. The others to go under the insole of runners or workboots.

History:

Left knee unstable due to multiple injuries... patella fractured age 20yrs, medial meniscus tear age 25yrs, patello-femoral syndrome age 45yrs, partial dislocations at head of fibula 3x during 50's.

Age 60yrs forced to retire from athletic cycle training due to instability at head of fibula and ongoing deterioration of weight bearing ability. Walking up hill OK...downhill, impossible to bear weight and forced to walk stiff/straight leg. Standing stationary for any extended time (minutes) caused knee pain at head of fibula and limp that would then need to be walked out.

Recent x-ray reveals close to bone on bone spacing at medial meniscus of both knees. Full thickness at lateral meniscus. No sign of arthritis reported.

 

Fitting:

Two layer (3mm) lift completely un-noticeable when first inserted. Three layer (4.5mm) could just detect slight elevation/kick up right hip. I go with the latter. Later will get someone with a good eye to assess hip heights at the ASIS to determine if further height increase warranted. While I do not have a high degree of anterior rotation at the left hip due to daily rehab exercises for the low back injury, there is some which is expected to normalise/back-off with the influence of the right heel lift. This changes functional left leg length (making it slightly longer), hence, the possibility for needing to increase the thickness of the right heel lift as the structure changes and adapts.

 

Observations:

Since insertion of 4.5mm heel lift in right shoe on 28 Jan 21 for treatment of SRLS, within two days left knee has begun bearing weight and ability both up and down stairs improved. Pain reaction from standing stationary reduced. The reason for trialing the heel lift was to prevent further injury to lumbar spine. Improved knee function of this nature was not expected.

At day seven, have not found it necessary to do constant rehab sessions to avoid lumbar symptoms for the last three days. 

Also in the therapy mix recently has been daily use of a Healy electrical and EMF frequency assessment and treatment device. Interestingly, running the Chakra assessment and treatment in Resonance mode, the lower Root and Sacral Chakras always registered poor numbers compared to the higher level Chakras in the body. After a week of using the right heel lift, these Chakras are now consistently registering higher than all the others.

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