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Leg length reduction : Spinal spondylosis or Osteoarthritis

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When I was 21, I had a 36 inch inseam. Since my late twenties I have worn pants with a 34 inch inseam until this last year. When I wear 34's, I now step on the lower hems with my heels. I recently tried on trousers with a 32 inch inseam....... they fit perfectly. What can account for this reduction in the length of my legs? I'm worried. I have lost 3 inches in total height since 1976 (starting from 6' 4 1/2"). I can account for some of it because of deteriorating discs in my spine. But I haven't been able to find any info that can explain the apparent loss in my legs. I am about 15-20 lbs. overweight. Thank you for your time.


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replied June 18th, 2007
Orthopedics: Hip, Knee, & Shoulder Injuries Answer A2936
Osteoarthritis of the spine (spondylosis) can cause reduction in spine length and consequently, of the whole body. You can't be sure about any reduction of the leg’s length according only to the pants’ size now and in the past. There are some specific orthopedic parameters and values for judging leg reduction. You can consult an orthopedist about this. Osteoarthritis of the hip and knee joint can reduce leg’s length. Obesity is one of the major factors that stimulates osteoarthritis.


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