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Posted by Kira on October 02, 2000 at 00:54:11:

In Reply to: Re: 7 year old with leg length difference posted by Carolyn on September 25, 2000 at 19:37:23:

: : 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?

: Is there a proven cause of your daughter's disorder? I ask this because for the vast majority of those diagnosed with CP, the cause (or causes) are UNKNOWN. It's sad, but true. As for the length difference in your daughter's legs, i had the same problem when i was younger. When i was in the 5th grade (i'm 21 now), my dr did surgery on my good leg that (from my understanding) damaged the growth plate in my knee cap. In doing this, it allowed my other leg to "catch up", and hopefully will prevent any back problems in the future.

Carolyn are you legs still different lenght? My daughter's ortho doctor mentioned doing that surgery when she turns 11 and I am courious if it will help a lot and I also wonder what happens if the shorter leg grows longer that the leg that had the surgery. To keep you up to date with what's going on with my daughter we saw a neuro last thursday and she said both legs are spastic and told us to go for an MRI to check for #1 Cerebral Palsy, and #2 a tethered cord, but I also noticed on the MRI form a #3, which was Chiari. Out of the three I'm hoping for Cerebral Palsy, the other two are progressive and require surgery which has a good chance of damaging nerves. Boy is this scary!!! By the way do you have CP and if so how are you after all these years with CP? Take Care, Kira

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