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Old 01-31-2012, 05:54 AM   #1
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Question ???REHAB, Doc broke and reset tibia but still rotates out???


My nephew (10) had an operation to correct out toeing -- his feet rotate outward. The doctors broke both his legs (tibias) to correct the alignment of his legs. His recovery seemed to be going normally but now that he is out of the wheelchair (after almost 2 months) his feet/legs have started to rotate outward again. (the medical terminology is: "tibial osteotomy" for rotational deformity)

How is this even possible if the orthopedic surgeon broke the tibia and reset it??? Plus, he is very frustrated with the length of recovery. it is extremely difficult for him to walk -- 8 weeks after surgery. He has little muscle strength, muscle atrophy. Is this normal???

Any advice??? Consolation??? My nephew would love a bit of hope!!! Poor kiddo.


Old 02-01-2012, 09:36 AM   #2
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Re: ???REHAB, Doc broke and reset tibia but still rotates out???

That's due to muscle memory - they want to go back the way they were. He needs to be doing whatever PT was prescribed to keep that from happening.

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