My 4, soon to be 5yr old son is VERY pigeon toed... We are going to the doctor monday to talk about braces and/or possible surgery :( Im so upset over this! His femer bones on both legs are twisted inward, causing him pain. Before i even consider surgery, I was wondering if anyone has had any luck with braces on their children with this? Some doctors dont think braces will work, but the surgry is going to be horribly painful and I just dont know if I can put my son through that at such a young age :'(
IF there is ANY hope of braces helping him, I would really like to know. The wait for Monday is dragging and we cant sleep over this... The surgery will involve cutting the bone and twisting it outward... ugh makes my stomach knot at just the thought... Please, is there hope for braces?
Answer by GirlWithANikon at 9:49 PM on May. 7, 2011
I am not in your shoes but I would consider this if it was me. how long do we give the braces before we resort to surgery? By the time we decide the braces are not working is surgery going to interfere with starting school? If it would interfer I may consider surgery as the best option. What is the recovery per leg? ( I assume they will do them one at a time) What kind of pain management are we talking about? What sort of casting (hip to toe or spica) A spica is terribly confining so if that is what they would want to do I would consider the braces first. These are my thoughts if it were my child.
Answer by But_Mommie at 9:59 PM on May. 7, 2011
Answer by GirlWithANikon at 10:01 PM on May. 7, 2011
From what I have read and studied in school braces don't do anything then they end up having surgery any ways. Google these things for more info...
Increased Femoral Anteversion & Femoral torsion
Intoeing will correct itself in a vast majority of children younger than 8 years of age without the use of casts, braces, surgery, or any special treatment. A child whose intoeing is associated with pain, swelling or a limp should be evaluated by an orthopaedist.
Answer by Crafty26 at 10:02 PM on May. 7, 2011
Increased Femoral Anteversion This is expected to spontaneously correct in almost all children as they grow older. Studies have found that special shoes, braces, and exercises do not help. Surgery is usually not considered unless the child is older than 9 or 10 years and has a severe deformity that causes tripping and an unsightly gait.
Femoral torsion occurs when the child's thigh (femur) turns inward. It is often most obvious at about 5 or 6 years of age. The upper end of the thighbone, near the hip, has an increased twist, which allows the hip to turn inward more than it turns outward. This causes both the knees and the feet to point inward during walking.
Answer by Crafty26 at 10:03 PM on May. 7, 2011
Answer by But_Mommie at 10:07 PM on May. 7, 2011
You should also know that they have come a LONG way with how this surgery is performed, and with pain management for kids. He will have much better medical care then you Uncle had years ago!! I would think he would have to wear the braces religiously for YEARS while he's growing for them to do any good. No mother wants to put their child thru pain... but sometimes you have to do this to make things right. Good luck Mama!!
Answer by Crafty26 at 10:07 PM on May. 7, 2011
Answer by Anonymous at 10:27 PM on May. 7, 2011