Men may be more vocal about their problems with being shorter than average than women are. But it’s not just men who are struggling with being short. Women find being short a problem in their professional, social and personal lives.
There are several types of limb deformities that can be present at birth or develop later on in life with a small range of treatments that individuals can benefit from. Most treatments are conservative and may be helpful for the individual temporarily.
Two of the most common types of limb deformities are genu varus and genu valgus.
Orthopedic deformities can be caused by a congenital defect, a fracture that has not healed properly or disease. The most common types of deformities are limb length discrepancies, bowlegs (genu varum) or knock-knees (genu valgum) can now be successfully treated with cosmetic limb lengthening surgery. Orthopedic abnormalities caused by genetic variants like dwarfism can also be treated with this surgery.
A small woman has options to appear taller – wearing a certain style of clothing, for example. Women can also wear high heels. These visual optics don't affect actual height, however, and there's good evidence that being short has an impact on self-esteem. Women who are short – under 5'2” – also complain that people patronize them, tease them about their height or simply don't see them, especially in a crowd. If you're truly dissatisfied with your height, you do have another, permanent option: cosmetic height lengthening.
Genetics is the primary factor that determines your adult height. While it's not possible to grow taller once you pass puberty, a number of factors come into play. Studies show that height effects many aspects of one person's life including dating, financial stature, self esteem, mental well being and much more. If you still want to be taller once you reach adulthood, you have the option of height lengthening surgery.
Being shorter than normal has a lot of drawbacks, personally, socially and professionally. There are many times you probably have felt discriminated against, left out and alone. You may have been the brunt of short jokes and even bullied in school.
Many people of shorter than average stature, especially men, seek out ways to make themselves seem taller. From elevator shoes with built-in heels and stretching exercises to online vitamins and false ads that lure people in with their promises, short people are vulnerable to try ways to gain inches to their height.
One method of becoming taller that you may see advertised online and in magazines is the human growth hormone, or also known as HGH.
Are you unhappy with your height? If you are shorter than average, you may feel self-conscious about interacting with others and you may have had unpleasant experiences related to your height.
When people look down on you – literally – you think everyone notices how short you are. Many short people, primarily men, suffer from what is referred to as the Napoléon complex. It is an informal term that refers to a form of inferiority complex that comes from being shorter than the average height. It is also used as a derogatory term used to describe someone who is perceived to be acting in an aggressive manner.
The definition of a stereotype is a “widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing.” Unfortunately, short people (especially men) have been assigned traits that may or may not true. These ideas affect the way they feel about themselves and how they are perceived. Negative stereotypes regarding a person’s height may also affect their actions.
The average height of the American male is 5 feet 10 inches. One of the most bothersome problems that shorter than average men have is dating. The average height for women is 5 feet 4 inches. Many women don’t want to date men who are close to their own height, or worse, shorter than themselves. The goal for many women is to find a man who is “tall, dark and handsome.”
A man’s height and the effects on dating can make life difficult for many men who are less than the average height.
Bow legs – another, more old-fashioned term was bandy-legged – is a condition that is normal in an infant but can cause problems with age. Untreated, bow legs can create gait problems, cause knee pain and back pain and increase the risk of arthritis and joint damage later in life. The risks of bow legs can range from minor to severe, depending on the degree of deformity.
Topics: Bow-Legged or Genu Varum
Whether you are a weekend warrior-type of an athlete, play recreational sports – even if you’re a superstar – you know how painful arthritis and can be. Muscle and joint pain can cut down the time you are able to spend doing the activities you love. Even if you tough it out and continue playing, it’s hard to give your best performance when you’re in pain.
If you suffer from arthritis, chances are that you have tried some of the common remedies or traditional treatment in an effort to help you with your discomfort. You may or may not have heard about PRP therapy.
Topics: Platelet Rich Plasma PRP Therapy