Blount’s Disease Care

What Is a Blount’s Disease?

Blount’s disease is a growth disorder of the shin bone (tibia) in which the lower leg turns inward, resembling a bow-legged condition.

How Is Blount’s Disease Different From Bowlegs?

Blount’s disease looks very similar to bowlegs. However, bowlegs can straighten as a child ages. The legs of children with Blount’s disease get worse as a child gets older.

Signs can include:

  • Bowing below the knee in one or both legs
  • Condition can worsen very quickly

A physical exam and X-rays are used to diagnose Blount’s disease.

Nonsurgical Treatment Options

Bracing usually is the first treatment option for children if they have severe bowing. If a patient does not respond to bracing or they are diagnosed at an older age, surgery is often recommended.

Surgical Treatment Options

  • Cutting the shin bone to place it in the proper position
  • Lengthening the shin bone
  • Guided growth surgery

Your doctor will work with you to determine what surgery may be right for your child.

Follow-Up

Most children have little to no problems with everyday activities after treatment.

Orthopedics – 5678

Contact Us

Connect with Norton Children’s Orthopedics of Louisville.

(502) 394-5678

Pediatric orthopedist: Kids need to ease back into sports

Young athletes coming off a long layoff too quickly can put themselves at risk for injury. There are steps kids can take to lessen their chances of injury as they return to previous activity levels. […]

Read Full Story

Overuse injuries a risk for kids playing baseball year-round

Youth baseball puts a lot of stress on young arms, which can result in shoulder or elbow injuries sometimes called “little league shoulder” or elbow. “These kids are throwing harder sometimes than their elbow can […]

Read Full Story

How VDRO helps children with cerebral palsy and other neuromuscular disorders

Children with various neurological disorders such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), muscular dystrophy and Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease can be at risk for hip dislocation. What is varus derotation osteotomy (VDRO), and how […]

Read Full Story

How to prevent shinsplints

With kids playing multiple organized sports or on several different teams, overuse injuries such as shinsplints in children have been on the rise. Shinsplints often occur in runners — but they can happen in sports […]

Read Full Story

How to prevent Little League shoulder

While an abbreviated major league season is just getting underway, much younger pitchers and catchers have been playing at baseball fields across the U.S. As baseball is one of the youth sports where it is […]

Read Full Story
Related Stories

Pediatric orthopedist: Kids need to ease back into sports

Young athletes coming off a long layoff too quickly can put themselves at risk for injury. There are steps kids can take to lessen their chances of injury as they return to previous activity levels. […]

Read Full Story

Overuse injuries a risk for kids playing baseball year-round

Youth baseball puts a lot of stress on young arms, which can result in shoulder or elbow injuries sometimes called “little league shoulder” or elbow. “These kids are throwing harder sometimes than their elbow can […]

Read Full Story

How VDRO helps children with cerebral palsy and other neuromuscular disorders

Children with various neurological disorders such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), muscular dystrophy and Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease can be at risk for hip dislocation. What is varus derotation osteotomy (VDRO), and how […]

Read Full Story

How to prevent shinsplints

With kids playing multiple organized sports or on several different teams, overuse injuries such as shinsplints in children have been on the rise. Shinsplints often occur in runners — but they can happen in sports […]

Read Full Story

How to prevent Little League shoulder

While an abbreviated major league season is just getting underway, much younger pitchers and catchers have been playing at baseball fields across the U.S. As baseball is one of the youth sports where it is […]

Read Full Story

Search our entire site.