Posted by Amanda
on September 14, 2000 at 21:49:01:
In Reply to: 7 year old with leg length difference posted by Kira on September 12, 2000 at 01:12:44:
: I have a 7 year old who has not yet been diagnosed with CP, her ortho doctor thinks she has CP but it has not yet been confirmed. One of her legs is smaller than the other one and it is difficult for her to bend her foot up. She did toe walk for a while (which I didn't think anything of it since I had seem many children do it, my mistake)but since getting her heal lift (1cm) she is not using her toe as much. I have read that by not using her heel when she walked that it could make the leg smaller, but will it always be this size, won't it grow? Can it catch up to the other leg? Also, since this is caused by a brain injury most likely before, during, or right after birth how hard is it to sue your Doctor/Hospital?
I have mild cerebral palsy, and I am 23. My right leg is smaller than my left, and my right leg
is about 1cm. longer than my left. My right leg has never caught up to my left, but it has
gradually gained muscle mass. I have found swimming helpful to develop leg muscle strength.
Everyone with cerebral palsy is an individual. Your child's orthopedist should be able to answer
your questions about whether or not your daughter's leg will catch up to the other.