A parent often finds it difficult to tell if their child needs orthopedic treatment or if they are just experiencing growth development. There can be underlying causes for symptoms.
Even though many orthopedic problems that arise in childhood are temporary, it can be difficult to know when additional care is necessary.
In cases of persistent musculoskeletal problems, parents may consider pediatric orthopedic treatment. In young children, there are two primary orthopedic problems. Typically, they develop when a child is learning to walk and can result in irregular walking habits.
Intoeing Condition :
As opposed to walking or running straight forward, intoeing involves turning the toes slightly inwards. Pigeon-toed is what we commonly refer to it as. It is common for children with this condition to correct themselves around the age of 8 or 9. Parents should consult an orthopedic doctor if this continues, as a brace or other orthopedic treatment may be necessary.
There are several causes of intoeing, such as metatarsus adductus (inward bend of the foot near the middle), tibial torsion (inward twisting of the shin bones), or femoral anteversion (inward twisting of the thigh bone). In some cases, bones are reset with surgery, casts, or braces.
Bowleggedness Condition :
Children with childhood obesity and toddlers under the age of 2 are more likely to suffer from bowleggedness, or genu varum. When a child places their feet together, they will notice a gap between their legs. Bowed legs usually straighten out as the child grows. If the bowing is more severe than usual or if one leg is more bowed than the other, the child may need orthopedic treatment.
A bowlegged appearance can also indicate something more serious, like Blount’s disease or rickets. It is usually detected via x-ray after a child reaches the age of three. Bowing may become permanent if left untreated. Based on the underlying cause, bracing, medication, or surgery may be recommended.
When these symptoms appear more severe than usual, parents should ask a pediatrician whether they should see a specialist. Hope AMC Dubai treats pediatrics and adults alike. In addition to having three convenient locations, we are also able to offer same-day or next-day appointments. The mission of our practice is to get patients back to work, back to play, and back to living.