Changing Leg Lengths After A TKR

Hi everyone. Due to popular requests, I am resharing this post about my changing leg lengths after a tkr. Something strange has been happening lately. As I mentioned in previous blog posts, I am back to wearing a shoe lift on my tkr leg. This started three months ago, about a year after my tkr. Wearing the shoe lift is no big deal to me since I have been wearing one for 35 years.

However, and this is my dilemma now, my leg length changes. Some days I will notice I need more lift on my tkr leg, while on other days…I need less. It is totally bizarre to me. (Prior to my tkr, my leg length never changed on a daily basis).

The only thing that I attribute the discrepancy to is the fact some days my bionic knee is more swollen than on other days. Perhaps this swelling affects how straight my total knee replacement leg gets. I.e. less swelling means more leg length (more straightened) and vice versa. I don’t know.

Could be much worse. I’m not complaining just puzzled. I just wear an internal lift on days I notice I need more than what my external lift provides. No biggie…

Hopefully this can help someone else who is going through the same thing. Have you experienced this dilemma?

Do you find my tkr blog post about changing leg lengths after a tkr interesting? Kindly share to help others feel less alone….

AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other health concerns.

This award-winning site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author, tkr blogger, and tkr patient who has been living with various health conditions for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

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