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Question: left leg is smaller and shorter than right right leg

 douayang - Mon May 14, 2007 6:54 pm

Age 29

For many years I've always wondered what happened to my left leg or was I born like this. My left leg is a little shorter and smaller than my right. I walk with a little limp. The left leg is not as strong either and there really is no muscle on it like the other one. Besides walking, I'd say I use this leg like 15% of the time. Anything else relies on the right leg. My parents told me that when I was a baby (back in Thailand) I started walking already and then one day I just couldn't walk anymore and didn't start walking again when I was like two (in the U.S.). Just wanted to find out what happened and if I can get my leg to be strong like the right leg. Any help would be nice.

 Dr. Chan Lowe - Mon May 21, 2007 3:38 pm

User avatar The difference in lengths can generally be easily corrected for by a shoe insert. A good shoe store or an orthopedic specialist can often measure and create an appropriately sized insert for you.

With your decrease in muscle mass, physical therapy may help. I wonder if there was a little nerve damage to that leg at some point causing your decreased muscle strength and mass.

You may want to see your doctor about getting some physical therapy appointments.

Best wishes.
 douayang - Thu May 24, 2007 11:51 am

thank you Dr. Lowe for the advices. Do you think this was something that I was born with? My parents told me they were usually never home because they had to go out and work and just left me with my 8-9 year old sister. I'm just wondering if something happened to me during the first and a half years. Like if I was dropped or something like that and landed on my leg. And lastly would I just go to a regular family doctor or would I have to go to a specialist?

Thank you. I appreciate your help

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