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A measurable leg length difference can have negative effects on the lower back, sacroiliac joint, hips, knees, lower legs, or feet. These problems are often the result of the body compensating for the leg-length difference. These effects are often even further exacerbated during physical activities like running, where proper balance and alignment are critical to performance.
For sports and every day use select a Firmer Heel Lift or Less Compressible Heel Wedge. These firm Heel Lifts will not compress or cause additional foot motion in the shoe. Softer heel wedges and lifts are not recommended in this instance as they can result in loss of control or stability and lead to sprains or falls.
A Shock-absorbing Heel Wedge will also help improve wearer comfort.
Correction or adjustment of leg length can also assist in therapy after a stroke, hip or knee surgery, fractures, amputations or ankle equinus.
Firm, Adjustable Heel Lifts are ideal in these situations as they allow for quick and easy height adjustments. Adjustable Heel lifts placed in the shoe on the affected side can help correct discrepancy. Heel Lifts placed in the shoe on the unaffected side are well suited to help with foot clearance during the swing-through phase of gait.
In these treatment situations the goal is to decrease strain and stress on the Achilles tendon and calf. Heel Lifts should always be used in both shoes to maintain balance and alignment and to avoid any knee, hip, or back pain.
Adjustable Heel Lifts are often the best solution here because the height can be gradually reduced as the condition improves without the need for using multiple heel lifts. Shock-absorbing Heel Lifts are a great choice as well to relieve related discomfort in the heel area.
Clearly Adjustable Heel Lifts
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