This website exists to provide information to people who may benefit from the proper use of heel lifts. As you will notice viewing our products, we also offer comfort pads, heel wedges and full sole inserts for pain assistance or to reduce the development of pain. If you play sports, stand on your feet for long periods of time or partake in other demanding activities that put stress and strain on your feet, legs and back, please look at our products as options to your comfort.
As you would assume heel lifts are designed to relieve any type of discomfort you might experience due to one leg being shorter than the other one.
There are some conditions that might require heel lifts in both shoes.
Some of the common conditions associated with one leg being shorter than the other one might be as follows.
Low Back Pain, Hip Pain, and Knee Pain
Simple questions to ask yourself:
- When you stand or walk do you tire more quickly on one side or the other?
- Does your level of discomfort get worse after standing or walking? See figure 2
- Do you feel like you have lost muscle tone and walk with more of a “swing the leg” gait rather than lifting your leg evenly one side to the other?
- Do you feel like your rib cage and/or hips are forward on one side more than the other? See figure 3
- When someone stands behind you and observes you walking do they notice that your belt line or shoulders might not be completely level with the ground? See figure 4
- Do you have a history of a broken leg or joint replacement?
- Is your pain more severe on one side?
If you answered yes to any of these questions you may have a leg length discrepancy.
Plantar Fasciitis, Heel Spurs, and Achilles Tendonitis
These are some common conditions not associated with leg length problems but that may be helped by using heel lifts. For these conditions the lifts need to be in both shoes so you do not create a leg length problem.