Limb Deformity

While knock knees and bow legs are common in childhood and usually resolve as the child grows, certain limb conditions do not correct on their own and may lead to leg length differences or angular deformity.

Just a few of the conditions that may lead to differences in the growth of the limb are:

  • Blount's disease
  • Skeletal dysplasias
  • Femoral or fibular deficiencies
  • Physeal bar formation after traumatic injuries

Your surgeon may recommend surgery to help restore the normal alignment of your child's arm or leg. These include slowing down the growth of the longer limb, changing the direction of growth of an angled limb, or sometimes cutting the bone (known as an osteotomy) and realigning the limb into a better position.

Emory pediatric orthopedic surgeons have experience using a number of techniques to change limb alignment including guided growth (to use the body's normal growth patterns to correct the deformity), osteotomies and internal fixation (for immediate and accurate correction of limb differences), and external fixation (for lengthening bones and correcting angular deformities).

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