When my daughter was a baby and began trying to walk we noticed a slight curve to her legs and she couldn't keep her balance. Pediatrician sent to Shriners and they informed us her legs where bowed.
With physical therapy she was able to outgrow it. At age 6 they informed us everything was good unless had any further problems she was released.
Now she will be turning 16 in October. Her passion is dance. For the past 4 years she had been on her school's dance team and their competition team. It was brought to our attention 2 years ago by her dance coach that the problem was having with her turns was due to her foot being turned in when she did the prep. Gave her some practices to do to work on helping.
They haven't really helped.
Was asked by the dance sponsor last year if thought it may simply be out of habit. Again was mentioned for her to just try and watch and make sure it was turned forward instead of inward.
We have noticed the past couple years the ware on her shoes is always on the inside. With flip-flops it is very noticeable.
Started watching how she walks and that one foot is always turned in with each step.
She has mentioned to us she is having trouble keeping her balance whenever they have to stand on that one leg.
There new tryouts are starting and she is having a lot of trouble with the new turns being required. Is a hit or miss unless does slow. Says she can't just stop and think, "Ok, is my foot straight?" and look down to see.
I have gotten her an appointment to go back to Shriners.
My question, is there anything they will be able to do at her age? And will this end her dancing?
Well, without a detailed evaluation or a clinical evaluation it would be difficult for me to comment on what the exact issue could be and if it is a bone or joint involved. While mild-moderate cases may respond to physiotherapy, alternative options may need to be considered for cases that are severe or fail to do well on conservative management. I would suggest discussing the situation and the expected plan of management in detail with her treating orthopedician after a detailed evaluation.
Hope this is helpful.
Copyright 1994-2016 MedHelp International. All rights reserved.
MedHelp is a division of Aptus Health.
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.