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If you’ve just been told that your child has Blount’s disease, you may be feeling a little overwhelmed. It’s important to remember that Blount’s disease is treatable, and most children who have it grow up to lead normal lives. In this blog post, we will discuss what Blount’s disease is, the symptoms to look for, and how it is treated. We will also answer some of the most common questions that parents have about Blount’s disease.

Tell me the Blount disease?

Blount’s disease is a condition that affects bone growth in the lower legs. The main symptom of Blount’s disease is bowed legs. This happens when the bones in the lower legs grow faster than the muscles and tendons can keep up with. As a result, the knees are forced to bear more weight than they are meant to, which causes the legs to bow out. Blount’s disease can occur in one or both legs.

Bowed Legs

What causes Blount's disease?

The exact cause of Blount’s disease is unknown, but there are some risk factors that have been identified. One of the most common risk factors is being overweight or obese. This is thought to put extra pressure on the growth plates, which can cause the bones to grow abnormally. Blount’s disease is also more common in African American children and children of Hispanic descent.

How would I know if my kid has a Blount disease?

  • The most obvious symptom of Blount’s disease is bowed legs. This can be difficult to spot in very young children but becomes more obvious as the child gets older. Other symptoms of Blount’s disease include:
  • Difficulty walking
  • Pain in the knees or thighs
  • Joint stiffness
  • Knock knees (when the knees touch when the child stands with their feet together)

If you notice any of these symptoms in your child, it is important to take them to see a foot doctor. Blount’s disease can be diagnosed with a physical exam and X-rays.

What are the treatment options for Blount's disease?

The goal of treatment for Blount’s disease is to stop the bones from growing abnormally and to straighten the legs. This can usually be done with a combination of braces and surgery. In some cases, Blount’s disease will improve on its own without treatment.

Do you have any home remedies for bowed legs?

There are a few things you can do at home to help improve the symptoms of Blount’s disease. One of the most important things you can do is to make sure your child is at a healthy weight. This will help reduce the pressure on the growth plates and may slow down the progression of Blount’s disease. You should also encourage your child to stay active and do exercises that help strengthen the muscles and tendons around the knees. Finally, you can apply ice to the affected area to help reduce pain and inflammation.

Do bowlegs need replacing?

No, bowlegs do not need replacing. However, in some severe cases, surgery may be required to straighten the legs. Blount’s disease is treatable, and most children who have it grow up to lead normal lives. With the proper treatment, your child should be able to live a full and active life.

Practice essentials

The goal of treatment for Blount’s disease is to stop the bones from growing abnormally and to straighten the legs. This can usually be done with a combination of braces and surgery. In some cases, Blount’s disease will improve on its own without treatment.

There are a few things you can do at home to help improve the symptoms of Blount’s disease which was discussed a while ago.

Can I see a foot doctor for my kid's Blount Disease?

If you think your child may have Blount’s disease, it is important to take them to see a foot doctor. Blount’s disease can be diagnosed with a physical exam and X-rays. If you have any further questions about Blount’s disease, please consult with your child’s foot doctor. They will be able to answer any questions you may have and develop a treatment plan that is right for your child.

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