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What's it called when a tendon in kids foot/leg is snipped to release tension?

my son is a tip toe walker and has massive calves from years of walking terribly. tomorrow he has a 3 hour visit at a childrens hospital for scans and visits w/ specialists..... but a friend who's fostered kids since 1989 and said shes seen several kids w/ exact same issue and they required a painful surgery. I am freaked out but still want to google the condition to see if it looks like my little boy. anyone hear of this before?

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hibbingmom

Asked by hibbingmom at 4:15 PM on Jun. 10, 2013 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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  • A lot of kids tip-toe walk. That's a little harder to do in special orthodic shoes, which I would hope they would try 1st before resorting to a painful surgery. GL
    mrsmom110

    Answer by mrsmom110 at 4:21 PM on Jun. 10, 2013

  • http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/toe-walking/DS01162


    Here's a pretty reliable source that should make you feel a little better on the matter


     

    mrsmom110

    Answer by mrsmom110 at 4:23 PM on Jun. 10, 2013

  • thanks!

    the part I forget to mention is after lots of walking and/or stairs and he gets tired, he resorts to outside of foot walking so foot bends inwards like he's walking on a broken foot or is terribly disabled. destroys alot of shoes that way. so 80% toes and 20% outside of foot and veeeeeeeeery much in pain after very long distances or standing. he's seen a podiatrist before and that doc died sadly. our pediatrician was concerned about the extent of the damage possibly done so we r seeing a specialist team
    hibbingmom

    Comment by hibbingmom (original poster) at 4:28 PM on Jun. 10, 2013

  • What is it called? PAINFUL!

    How old is your son? There should be orthodics and physical therapy to try to correct the problem before they resort to surgery. In fact, as his mother, I would demand they try to correct it before he goes under the knife!
    daylily888

    Answer by daylily888 at 5:02 PM on Jun. 10, 2013

  • he's 8 1/2 (9 in October) I certainly wouldn't be on board w/ surgery unless it was completely necessary but the pediatrician thought an MRI would be beneficial so we see the doc in the mid-morning for her to agree and then the scan is scheduled and then back to her after the scan/lunch. No one has suggested physical therapy, ever. Orthotics was a consideration til the podiatrist passed away.... and then pediatrician booked childrens hosp.
    hibbingmom

    Comment by hibbingmom (original poster) at 5:11 PM on Jun. 10, 2013

  • orthodics and physical therapy to try to correct the problem before they resort to surgery. <<<---- yup... they don't go straight to surgery. Lot's of stretching will be involved that's for sure!!
    Crafty26

    Answer by Crafty26 at 6:04 PM on Jun. 10, 2013

  • As far as the name of the surgery.... Achilles Tendon Release or Heel-cord release (for tenotomy of the Achilles tendon)


    Bur wait and see what the Pedi-Ortho says...don't stress over it, and try not to look up so much stuff... it can only freak you out if you don't have all the info and/or don't know how to interpret the findings!! 




    Crafty26

    Answer by Crafty26 at 6:12 PM on Jun. 10, 2013

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