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sillycoffeegirl
12-23-2009, 03:24 AM
Had my pre op appointment today. My doc said that my legs are even but my pelvis is not so if he makes the pelvis so thatt its even then my legs will not be. And i might have to wear a lift and it might be quite irritating. I dont know if i should ask him to even me out cuz it might be better for my spine and hips in the long run; or if i should have him kinda keep it how it is now. If im walking barefoot and my pelvis is even but my legs are not, how would i feel? ahh i dunno what to do. any advice?:confused:

JenniferG
12-23-2009, 03:29 AM
At my six month appt. I asked my surgeon if I should wear a heel lift. When I am barefooted and stand with my feet flat on the floor, I tilt to the left and my left shoulder is lower than my right. He was against a heel lift but didn't explain why. I find I tend, when I'm standing, to lift the heel of my left foot, just to "feel" even.

sillycoffeegirl
12-23-2009, 03:37 AM
hmmmmm, see i think it would drive me crazy like that. but maybe that why one of my hips hurt when walking a long distance. (because of being uneven) i dunno. arrrgg thanks jennifer for your imput.:)

jlg627
12-23-2009, 08:50 AM
I actually have 1 leg shorter than the other, which I feel contributed to the scoliosis. I've worn Orthotics in my shoes since I was diagnosed 20 years ago. I don't wear them in dress shoes, but feel much more comfortable when I have them in my tennis shoes. Because of that, I wear tennis shoes almost all the time!

Good luck!

Shari
12-24-2009, 02:53 AM
I wore a heel lift since the age of 12. I never really caused me any problems.

After my surgery, I stood for an xray in my bare feet, my hips were even so I didn't have to wear one again. I would wear it if my hips were uneven, because I wouldn't want to cause extra pain if I didn't have to.

I would also wonder if it would affect my fusion in any way???

When I was younger, I wasn't big on wearing shoes, so I sewed a leather lift into a few pairs of socks. Silly, I know, but it worked for me.

I would ask your Doctor what he thinks!!!

Shari

fierceliketiger
12-24-2009, 03:46 PM
I wear a lift...a pretty significant one. 2cm. Actually its big enough that surgeons consider surgical shortening or lengthening of one leg at that point (usually shortening). I felt I would rather not have my leg broken and have the surgery for it.

My pelvis was also malformed, which is what they believe led to one leg "growing" shorter than the other, to compensate. So, mine is a leg length discrepancy...but I would imagine it would feel similar either way. Anyhow, when I don't have a lift in I feel really lopsided, I actually walk around the house with one croc shoe on because that way it causes less pain. Also, according to my surgeon if I don't wear a lift (not a heel lift, its built onto the bottom of my shoe...which looks kind of weird, but whatever) it could impact the fusing by placing undue stress on the rods by one side being pulled down.

Shari, that is ingenious! A lift in the sock! I need way more lift than comes in a heel lift, but wow! Good idea!