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Dear Doctor

September 2016


I have a newborn girl with a severe left club foot plus lower leg bone deformity. I am searching for a way to correct the baby leg so she can walk like a normal kid, but I don't know where to start. We saw an orthopedic specialist a few days ago and he does not know what to do with the baby case. I am frustrated and hope to find out what I can do for our daughter. What is the chance that the foot can be correctly fixed and when can we start?

- Phuongloan - California (Parent)


I'm so sorry to hear that you're frustrated--it can be very frightening to find that your child has a club foot along with a lower leg deformity. However, there are likely treatment options that can help your child walk, run, and play. What the options are will vary based on the nature and severity of the deformity. In cases of complex deformity, it may be helpful to consult a pediatric orthopedist. You can use the POSNA directory to find a pediatric orthopedist near you.

- Phuongloan - California (Parent)