Lower Limb Deformities Specialist

David S. Feldman, MD

Orthopedic Specialist located in West Palm Beach, FL

Lower-limb deformities can be both an aesthetic or mobility concern, but there are treatments that can help. For those living in or around West Palm Beach, Florida, world-renowned orthopedic surgeon David S. Feldman, MD, and his team at The Paley Orthopedic and Spine Institute are excellent resources for patients in Florida and all over the globe. Begin exploring your options during a personalized consultation, which you can book online or by phone today.

Lower Limb Deformities Q & A

What are lower-limb deformities?

Lower-limb deformities are abnormalities in the legs, feet, or ankles. For some, the degree of deformity is minor and poses only an aesthetic concern. In other cases, lower-limb deformities affect mobility and healthy joint function. 

There are many different conditions that are classified as lower-limb deformities. Some examples include:

  • Femoral retroversion
  • Femoral anteversion
  • Nonunion
  • Tibial torsion
  • Genu varum
  • Genu valgum
  • Limb length discrepancy

Most of these conditions develop while a fetus is in utero or during early childhood. 

What causes lower-limb deformities?

Genetic factors are the most common cause of lower-limb deformities, but there are other issues that could play a causal role. Some risk factors include:

  • Certain medications
  • Exposure to tobacco smoke
  • Growth restriction while in utero
  • Maternal exposure to viruses or chemicals
  • Arthritis
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Osteogenesis imperfecta

In many cases, there is no way to definitively determine the cause of lower-limb deformity. 

Is it always necessary to treat lower-limb deformities?

The decision to seek treatment is a personal one, and one that should be made in light of the full scope of pros and cons. Many issues will clear up over time as a child moves through various growth phases. 

In some cases, lower-limb deformities do not affect function and are not painful. When an issue only poses an aesthetic concern, there may be no need to pursue treatment. 

Surgery can help by lengthening the affected limb or altering the growth pattern to improve symmetry between limbs. Some methods require you to wear an external device, but internal fixation options are often preferred. 

Nonsurgical options might include physical therapy, orthotics, prosthetic devices, or adaptive devices. 

When you’re ready to explore your treatment options, set up a time to come in and sit down with Dr. Feldman to discuss your needs. He can explain the available treatment options and help you make a decision that is in line with your current and future goals.