Kids with a leg length discrepancy have legs that are different lengths. This happens because the thigh bone femurshinbones tibia or fibulaor both are shorter in one leg. Signs and symptoms of a leg length discrepancy depend on the cause and how much shorter one leg is. A small difference in leg length might not be noticeable at all.
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As recently as the late s, individuals in this country with limb length discrepancies—the result of a poorly healed fracture, disease, or a congenital defect—had few treatment options. Today, thanks to an innovative surgical technique originally developed more than half a century ago in Russia, these individuals may be candidates for treatment that can not only correct the discrepancy, but also address any associated deformity. Limb lengthening is achieved using the body's own capacity to create new bone as well as the soft tissues, ligaments, blood vessels, and nerves that surround and support it. The process begins with an operation called an osteotomy in which the orthopedic surgeon cuts the bone to be lengthened.
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