Walking/Running/higher levels of activity
A leg-length discrepancy doesn’t need to interfere with an active lifestyle. Based on a 12 mm length discrepancy, a doctor can prescribe 10mm at the heel, 5mm at the ball, tapering to 0 at the toe. This prescription produces a rocking chair shaped outsole that encourages a smoother transfer of weight placement. It supports each stride starting at the heel strike and pushing forward through the gait cycle to toe off. This tapered design also takes weight and bulk out of the shoe for ease of movement.
Stability and balance
Sometimes a leg-length discrepancy is accompanied with stability and balance concerns. For a 12 mm leg-length discrepancy, a physician often prescribes a 10 mm lift at the heel, 10 mm at the ball and 10 mm at the toe, resulting in a more flat-bottomed and stable shoe. Even though the shoe becomes a bit heavier and less flexible, it offers highly improved stability. Balance and stability concerns can also be the result of neuropathy, Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, Parkinson’s, and more. This modification raises the quality of life by offering safe, stable support.