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A 19-year-old female asked:

what could cause one leg to be slightly longer than the other in a fifteen year old girl?

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Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Common: Actually, if you measure everybody to the nearest millimeter, it would be common to see some differences from side to side which make no difference. In some case the difference is actually leg length due t growth and development differences. In other cases it is extrinsic meaning not in the leg but related to a crooked spine like scoliosis . If u really want to know about yourself, have it chec.
Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 24 years experience
Scoliosis: Nobody's legs are exactly the same length but if there is a noticeable difference then the most likely cause is curvature of the spine causing a tilt of the pelvis. Other causes can be overgrowth from a childhood fracture or undergrowth from a growth plate injury. There are also some developmental abnormalities that can cause different leg lengths.

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Last updated Apr 24, 2016

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