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