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If there is a leg length discrepancy which side of the intervertebral discs is worse off - the shorter or longer leg side?

If there is a leg length discrepancy which side of the intervertebral discs is worse off - the shorter or longer leg side?

Good question: The pelvis will be higher on the longer leg side. The spine has to create a concavity on this side to keep you balanced. For someone young, the loner leg side would have tighter spots for the nerves. However, typically, the convex side of the curve gets hypertrophied ligaments and this causes more symptoms on the short leg side in older folks. ...Read more

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Do compression socks help decrease the size of the lower leg that has venous reflux?

Do compression socks help decrease the size of the lower leg that has venous reflux?

Compression socks.: Compression socks work by squeezing the muscles of the calves to improve the return of the venous blood and reduce the venous pressure in the legs. By doing these two functions, the size of the leg will decrease. Compression stockings are a main component of treating leg swelling. ...Read more

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Is it possible to increase 20cm of height with limb lengthening? 10cm on the upper leg and 10cm on the lower leg.

Is it possible to increase 20cm of height with limb lengthening? 10cm on the upper leg and 10cm on the lower leg.

Unlikely: Given your age, you are expecting an extra 12 inches (30 cm) of growth. I would talk with your physician or specialist so you can have reasonable expectations for this procedure. You also haven't mentioned your current height. ...Read more

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Ankle surgery & DVT month ago on same leg. Leg in half splint. This calf seems harder than the other calf,less jiggly. Post thrombotic synd? Atrophy?

Ankle surgery & DVT month ago on same leg.  Leg in half splint. This calf seems harder than the other calf,less jiggly. Post thrombotic synd? Atrophy?

Atrophy yes: Post thrombotic syndrome always painful and you didn't describe any pain. For sure the leg will be smaller as disuse of muscles leads to atrophy ...Read more

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How to reduce the thickness of leg calves?

You can't spot: Reduce fat. Therefore to loss size of calves, you would need to lose weight in general. To lose weight insure that calories burned > calories consumed. Drink at least 8 - 8 oz glasses of water per day. Aim for at least 5 servings of vegetables ; 4 servings of fruit per day. Use whole grain when possible. Avoid sodas, alcohol ; junk carbohydrates. Get in a good mix of aerobic ; weight lifting >. ...Read more

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What is the average arm length and leg length for males in relation to average height?

Proportional?: On average, leg length is just under half of the total height and arm span from finger tip to finger tip is about equal to total height. There are several factors that can affect these ratios, such as genetics, pubertal timing, health issues, etc. ...Read more

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What causes a slight leg length discrepancy?

What causes a slight leg length discrepancy?

Multiple reasons: One can be born with a short leg. Most of us have one leg, foot, arm slightly shorter than the other by a 1/4" or less. Injuries can cause a short leg such as breaking a leg and it heals shorter than the other. Muscle spasms can cause the hip to tilt and results in a short leg. I would see a podiatrist or orthopaedic doctor. Long term, a short leg can casue a lot of foot, leg, hip, low back pain. ...Read more

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Born with small leg length discrepency. Left leg is shorter and less muscular than my right. Any at home solutions, such as excercises?

Born with small leg length discrepency. Left leg is shorter and less muscular than my right. Any at home solutions, such as excercises?

Not exercises: Please go see an orthopedic doctor that knows about leg length discrepancy. You can get a either a shoe insert or a special shoe to even things out. It may predispose you to injury in the other leg/hip due to more strain. ...Read more

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Short leg syndrome | short leg proportional to other. Is it genetics?

Short leg syndrome | short leg proportional to other. Is it genetics?

Almost always not: Even if an entire leg is bigger, or half of the body or facial structures, we do not het know what courses them. Be sure to exclude unilateral congenital dislocation the hip. If the foot is bigger, there is a wonderful organization which matches mirror images of feet. If child A has a size 8 right foot and a size 7 left foot, they find child B with a size 8 left foot and a size 7 right foot. ...Read more

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What is the leg muscle lower than the calf, but higher then the ankle, and can you increase the width of it?

What is the leg muscle lower than the calf, but higher then the ankle, and can you increase the width of it?

Gastrocnemious: It sounds like you are referring to the gastrocnemius. Exercise will help to tone and strengthen it. ...Read more

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Growth plate injury. Will that leg be shorter than my other leg ?

Growth plate injury.  Will that leg be shorter than my other leg ?

Low possibility : Depending of course on the mechanism of injury and the exact type of growth plate fracture that occurred, deformity from a growth plate injury occurs in less than 10% of patients. In all cases, the patient is closely monitored with growth to determine if the injured limb is lagging. ...Read more

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Recent episode of sciatica. Glute, hamstring, calf, heel and lateral portion of foot affected. Pain dissipated quickly and is gone, reduced sensation?

Recent episode of sciatica. Glute, hamstring, calf, heel and lateral portion of foot affected.  Pain dissipated quickly and is gone, reduced sensation?

L5-S1 disc bulge: An l5-s1 disc can have a full spectrum of the symptoms due to minor bulges from subtle tears in the annulus fibrosis to full blown disc hernia hernia causing more severe and more persistent symptoms.Rest and restricted activities leads to natural healing in most cases.The presence of severe persistent pain or muscle weakness signifies a more serious problem requiring medical evaluation. ...Read more

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Can penis length increase with ab workouts?

Can penis length increase with ab workouts?

Penis: If it does let us know. There has been nothing scientifically to show that. ...Read more

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Lower left leg pain. Commenced during the night ...no injury or change in exercise. Leg feels warmer than other one. Discomfort is more outside leg?

Lower left leg pain. Commenced during the night ...no injury or change in exercise. Leg feels warmer than other one. Discomfort is more outside leg?

Hard to say: There are many potential causes. Sciatica, which is an irritation of a nerve in the back, is one of the more common causes. Arthritic conditions can cause leg pain as can vascular problems. A detailed history and exam can often determine the cause. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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Injury to R foot 6m ago. Disuse atrophy to lower leg. Muscle twitching along inner aspect of foot, now up to inside of leg to calf. Suggestions?

Injury to R foot 6m ago.  Disuse atrophy to lower leg.  Muscle twitching along inner aspect of foot, now up to inside of leg to calf.  Suggestions?

If the disuse: Is secondary to cast you may have nerve damage from the cast. I would recommend physical therapy. You must get that foot and leg moving. You may want to get a baseline EMG/NCV study and of course follow up with your doctor. ...Read more