This question was answered on Fri 25, Sep 2009 01:01pm by Dr. Namita Shrivastava

one leg bigger than the other

    
Asked by tammy8 0 on Fri 25, Sep 2009 10:21am

I noticed that one of my legs in bigger than the other. My right thigh and calf is one inch bigger than the other. This seems to big and it is noticable. Is there a disease or condition that causes this? Should I be examined by a doctor? What can I do to make my legs even in size? Thank you.

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Answer by Dr. Namita Shrivastava  on Fri 25, Sep 2009 01:01pm:

Hello, You should not worry. If there is no past history of any disease or injury to hip joint and you are asymptomatic, this is absolutely normal. Right lower limb is slightly longer than the left one in all the human beings, but the difference is so minute that it is practically not noticeable. But in some individuals the difference can be large enough to become noticeable. Would suggest you to get your self a customized pair of footwear with the heel size of the left leg matching up with the excess length of the right leg. Also consult an orthopedic surgeon to get your hip and the knee joints examined to rule out any joint pathology. Hope this helps.
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Comment by on Tue 08, Feb 2011 02:16pm:
My left leg is about 1 1/2 to 2 inches bigger thatn my right leg, sometimes i experience some pain in my left leg so I think this leg is a problem. I went to a doctor when I was much younger and did some test on my left leg but they didn't find anything wrong. I really believe my left leg is the problem. in fact i think from my waist down the left side is much smaller than my right

Comment by vicky samar on Wed 13, Jun 2012 11:09pm:
My right leg is bigger than the other as well as my foot,but i never consult a doctor..,so until now i was wondering why it goes like this. is it a disease,what is the treatment for this.???pls help us..

Comment by Donna Payne on Tue 01, Jul 2014 02:44pm:
My left leg is much larger than my right leg. I had arthroscopy on my left knee in 2005, and have noticed since then that the left leg is much larger than the right. Is this normal? Does it have anything to do with the surgery? I still have problems with my left knee.

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