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What are knock knees?
Knock knees are when a child of average weight stands normally with his or her ankles apart but the knees touch. This is usually a result of normal growth patterns, but could be an indicator of bone disease.
Can a flat foot be treated with insoles?
Flat feet can't be cured using insoles or supportive shoes, but these devices might relieve the pain associated with flat feet.
What is the Ponseti Method?
The Ponseti Method has become the go-to treatment for babies born with clubfeet who are otherwise healthy. It avoids invasive surgery by using a series of casts that manipulate tissues in the legs and feet into correct alignment.
The Ponseti Method should be begun within one to two weeks of birth. It consists of between five and nine casts, changed weekly, with the final cast left on for three weeks. Before the final cast is set, most patients have their Achilles tendon cut in a simple office procedure. By the time the cast is removed, the tendon should be healed and regrown to the proper length. After the final cast is taken off, a removable splint is worn almost constantly for three months, then throughout the night for three to four years.
What is the difference between a sprain and a strain?
A sprain is the tearing or stretching of ligaments, the connective tissue found between joints.
A strain is the tearing or stretching of muscles or tendons, the tissue that connects muscles to bones.
What kind of special training do pediatric orthopedic surgeons receive?
Pediatric orthopedic surgeons have:
- Graduated from medical school
- Completed from an orthopedic residency program
- Undergone additional training specifically for pediatric orthopedics
How much does it cost to see a pediatric orthopedic surgeon?
The average cost for an orthopedic patient consultation is $100-$500. If X-rays, other tests or anesthesia are included, the cost increases. Surgeries themselves cost anywhere from $15,000 to $30,000, based on if they are inpatient or outpatient.
A bone scan is a test that detects damage in bones. A small, safe amount of radioactive dye is injected into the arm. A special camera is used to trace the dye, which naturally flows towards areas in need of repair.
What happens during the an initial consultation with a pediatric orthopedic surgeon?
Parents will fill out forms with insurance information, their child's primary care physician and medical history.
The patient will have his or her vital signs taken, and might have an X-ray.
Medical staff will ask the parent about the child's symptoms, allergies, medications, and family medical history. Parents can ask questions about the condition or treatment at this time.
Additional testing to determine a diagnosis may be conducted at this visit or scheduled for another time.
What conditions does a pediatric orthopedic surgeon treat?
- Broken bones
- Bone and joint infections
- Limb and spine deformities
- Gait abnormalities, such as a limp
- Tumors in the bone or joint
What is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon?
Pediatric orthopedic surgeons are doctors who diagnose and treat musculoskeletal problems in infants, children, and teens.