Heel lifts are a common and simple treat option for patients with unequal limb length due to a hip or knee replacement surgery. Following replacement surgery, one of the most common patient’s complaints is that one of their replacement leg is shorter than the nonsurgical leg. Some of the issues are lower back, medial knee, lateral ankle ligament pain and plantar fasciitis.
Measuring for leg length inequality to determine the proper height correction is paramount in determining correct heel lift. Most patients will be measured by their physical therapist while doing rehabilitation or during a post-op visit.
The most common heel lift dispensed is the 6mm ( 1/4″ ) correction. Overcorrection can cause increased pain. According to our survey of Atlas Biomechanics Heel Lifts dispensing practitioners, the most common heel lifts prescribed for post hip or knee replacement surgery are:
In patients with unequal leg length due to a hip or knee replacement surgery, a heel lift can be a simple inexpensive correction.