Did you know that one in every 1,000 children is born with a knee joint deformity? This means that there are thousands of families out there who are affected by this condition. If you are the parent of a child who has been diagnosed with an angular deformity of the lower limb, then you need to read this article! In it, we will discuss what Angular Deformities are, how they are treated, and what parents can do to help their children live normal lives. We hope that this information will be helpful to you and your family.
Lower Extremity Abnormalities in Children
Knee joint is the largest joint in the body and is responsible for supporting the entire weight of the upper body. The knee joint is made up of three bones: the femur (thighbone), tibia, and kneecap. It is held together by ligaments, tendons, and muscles.
There are two types of knee joint deformities: bowlegs and knock knees. Genu varum (bowlegs) is a condition in which the knees point outwards and the legs appear to be bowed. This condition is more common in males than females. Genu valgum (knock knees) is a condition in which the knees point inwards and the legs appear to be knocked. This condition is more common in females than males.
Both of these conditions can be treated with surgery. The type of surgery will depend on the severity of the deformity. For milder cases, braces or other forms of orthotic devices may be used. For more severe cases, surgery may be necessary to correct the deformity.
As a parent, you need to know that your child can live a normal life with knee joint deformities. With the proper treatment, they will be able to participate in all of the activities that they enjoy.
What matters to children with lower limb deformities:
Background: Children with lower limb deformities (LLD) experience physical, functional, and psychosocial difficulties that can impact their quality of life. Although a number of LLD-specific QoL measures have been developed for use in clinical research, there is currently no measure available that was developed specifically for use with children.
Lower limb deformities are a heterogeneous group of conditions that can lead to knee joint problems and other complications. The most common type of lower limb deformity is knock knee, which affects approximately one in every thousand children. Other types of lower limb deformities include bowlegs, clubfoot, and congenital talipes equinovarus (CTEV). While most children with lower limb deformities do not experience any symptoms, some may suffer from pain, knee joint problems, and difficulty walking.
How would I know if my child has an Angular Deformities?
The most obvious sign of an angular deformity is a change in the shape of the leg. The knee may be bent inward (knock knee) or outward (bowleg), or the foot may be turned in (clubfoot). In some cases, both legs may be affected.
If you notice any changes in your child’s leg shape, it is important to make an appointment with your child’s doctor. He or she will be able to confirm the diagnosis and rule out other conditions that may cause similar symptoms.
What causes angular deformities?
The exact cause of most angular deformities is unknown. However, some conditions that can lead to angular deformities include:
-Knee joint problems
– Birth defects
– Genetic conditions
How are angular deformities treated?
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to treating lower limb deformities. Treatment options vary depending on the type and severity of the deformity, as well as the age of the child. In most cases, treatment is aimed at improving the function and appearance of the affected limb.
The goal of treatment is to improve the function and appearance of the affected limb. Treatment may be nonsurgical or surgical, depending on the severity of the deformity.
Nonsurgical treatment options include:
- Physical therapy
- Braces or other orthotic devices
Surgical treatment options include:
- Osteotomy (a procedure to realign the bones in the affected limb)
- Joint Fusion (a procedure to fuse the knee joint)
- Tendon transfer (a procedure to reposition tendons in the affected limb)
What can parents do to help their children?
If your child has been diagnosed with an angular deformity, there are a few things that you can do to help him or her.
First: it is important to ensure that your child is getting the proper treatment. This may include physical therapy, exercises, and/or surgery.
Second: you can help your child by doing exercises with him or her. It helps to improve the function of the affected limb.
Third: you can help your child by providing emotional support. This may include talking to him or her about his or her feelings, helping him or her to cope with changes in appearance, and/or helping him or her to socialize with other children.
Angular deformities can be a difficult diagnosis for both parents and children. However, it is important to remember that there are treatment options available and that you are not alone.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to speak with your child's foot doctor
Angular Deformities of Lower Limb in Children is a condition that can cause knee joint problems and other complications. Approximately one in every thousand children affects a lower limb deformity, is your child suffering or showing some symptoms? Ask for help now! Your Total Foot Care Specialist can help.
We are a team of foot care specialists and we offer comprehensive services to correct your child’s foot deformity. We use the latest techniques and our treatments are evidence-based. Our goal is to improve function and appearance.
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