The subject of leg lengthening is of vital importance to those patients who are unfortunate enough to have a short extremity. They must wear an unsightly and heavy lift of some sort, or they must be content to walk with an awkward gait and bear with what fortitude they have the compensatory deformities that inevitably develop. If a lift is not worn to equalize the length of the legs, the pelvis is constantly tilted, and a scoliosis develops, which may seriously handicap the patient. A lift, as well as being unsightly, means extra weight on an already weakened extremity.
What doctor has not had patients ask if anything can be done to correct the shortening of an extremity? What doctor has not felt at least a little guilty because of the patients' disappointment if the answer is in the negative? It is necessary and just that all those interested in
JANES EC. EXPERIENCES IN LEG LENGTHENING. JAMA. 1935;105(18):1419-1422. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760440029008