TMP — Lopsided

Every Monday, Paula Light, with her The Monday Peeve prompt, gives us an opportunity to vent or rant about something that pisses us off.

Maybe it’s my imagination, but now that my 50% weight restriction on my left leg due to partial hip replacement surgery has been lifted, I feel like that leg is slightly shorter than my right leg.

Maybe it’s because of that weight restriction, some of my leg muscles have atrophied a little and need to be built back up. Or maybe some ligaments have tightened up and need to be stretched out. Whatever it is, I hope that physical therapy will take care of it. Because I don’t want to end up with a limp for the rest of my life because one leg is now shorter than the other!

And so ends my peeve for today.

33 thoughts on “TMP — Lopsided

  1. msjadeli March 13, 2023 / 12:59 pm

    It’s probably a little of this and a little of that. You can get custom-made orthotics for one shoe if you are. Physical therapy will absolutely help you. I remember after breaking my tibia back in 2018 and having to wear the boot for so many weeks I felt lopsided and was scared also. The PT fixed me right up. Orthotics effected an even keel again.

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  2. babsje March 13, 2023 / 2:00 pm

    Oh my, I bet it feels like you are listing to port, or is it starboard, because of having to over-compensate with your good hip and leg for so long? Slow & easy does it at first – unless your Physical Therapist is of the drill sergeant variety. Take care and good luck!

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  3. cupcakecache March 13, 2023 / 2:42 pm

    One of my legs is shorter than the other. The PT gave me inserts and I have a new appointment with Orthopedics next week. PT is helping a lot but it is painful and you need lots of discipline at home to do the 30 min. workout every day. I do get very tired dragging the leg around.

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      • cupcakecache March 14, 2023 / 4:55 am

        it is not unusual for one leg to be slightly shorter. I never had a problem until this year.

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  4. bushboy March 13, 2023 / 3:02 pm

    You do not want to have a pronounced limp, that’s limp pronounced limp, for the rest of your days Fandango 🙂

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  5. Sadje March 13, 2023 / 5:42 pm

    I think it’s not shorter but as you feel perhaps the muscles have shrunk a bit. It will be okay after therapy

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  6. Lou Carreras March 13, 2023 / 5:47 pm

    Wear and tear on my hip had already shortened my operative side, so the surgeon set out to balance the pair. As others mentioned orthotics can make up the difference. But it’s still early times for you in physical therapy. If you do have a forthcoming appointment with the surgeon, ask.

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  7. Cathy Cade March 14, 2023 / 2:13 am

    That’s interesting. When hubby had his first hip replaced, the surgeon told him it would be a little longer than the other until the second was replaced, but he never noticed it. So maybe it’s something the surgeon intended? But it was after the second replacement that hubby said he felt lopsided.
    Now one of my hips is disintegrating. I stand at my computer and before i realised I was putting all my weight on the ‘good’ leg, I found myself with plantar fasciitisin that foot. Now, when I remember to put my weight on the dodgy leg instead, it feels as if my disintegrating hip is higher than the other – or the leg is longer. Which makes no sense at all.

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    • Fandango March 14, 2023 / 7:56 am

      Plantar fasciitis is not fun. Between that and your disintegrating hip…wow.

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      • Cathy Cade March 14, 2023 / 12:03 pm

        The p f has now gone (with the help of an instep support) and a year of targeted exercises is managing the hip pain (I hate exercise, but needs must…) Now the knees are joining in and they’re trickier. Still researching the exercises. As my gran used to say, don’t get old.

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  8. Marleen March 14, 2023 / 2:49 pm

    An opposite:

    ē′kwə-poiz″, ĕk′wə-

    Equality in distribution, as of weight, relationship, or emotional forces; equilibrium.

    A counterpoise; a counterbalance.

    An equal distribution of weight; equality of weight or force; just balance; a state in which the two ends or sides of a thing are balanced or kept in equilibrium: as, hold the scales in equipoise.

    A balancing weight or force; a counterpoise.

    Equality of weight or force; hence, equilibrium; a state in which the two ends or sides of a thing are balanced, and hence equal; state of being equally balanced; — said of moral, political, or social interests or forces.


    A state of balance; equilibrium.

    The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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  9. leigha66 March 18, 2023 / 7:45 pm

    Maybe if I get my hip replaced one day the truth will come out. I have always been a little off kilter!

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