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Offline Mummyov3

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Femoral anteversion causing pain in child??
« on: October 01, 2011, 10:50:19 PM »
My son is 8 and will turn 9 in December.
We are currently waiting for a referral appointment to the children's hospital after requesting for my son to be seen by another doctor.
Let me give you a little background info
I noticed he was intoeing when he was very little and I was told by the health visitor he would self correct as he got older. By age 5 he was still intoeing and again I was told because of his age he would self correct. He was finally referred to a specialist when he was 7!! He has large feet for his age, currently a size 4 at 8 years old so tripping over his feet Is a big problem. The doctor told us he is flat footed and gave him insoles and said he would be assessed in 6 months
8 months later he had his reassessment during which time the intoeing is worse especially on his right side and he is experiencing pain in his right knee. He is unable to ride a bike, walk upstairs more than twice, walk uphill or even walk to school 30 mins away without pain to his knee which causes him to limp. I told the doctor this but he just said it would improve overtime as he still has a few years of growing left... I became quite vocal at this point as everything I have read says after 8+ years it's unlikely to improve by itself fully and as he's experiencing pain everyday sometimes severe he shouldn't be left. This is when he referred him to the children's hospital.
His referral letter says he has persistent femoral anteversion bilateral and that examination of the hip revealed increased anteversion with internal rotation of up to 90%
I'm very confused by the doctors apparent lack of help and would welcome any advice on what I should do now!!

Swimming with school seems to help him with pain and walking home from school after a lesson is painfree. Sport at school doesn't always cause him pain and he's able to do pe. I'm unsure how to help him and the doctors haven't been helpful at all so far
We are at the children's hospital next week.

Offline kneepaincure

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Re: Femoral anteversion causing pain in child??
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2011, 07:48:25 PM »
Usually at this age the femoral rotation doesn't correct itself but it's a huge decision to take .. Swimming may help to control the pain but it doesn't sound like a solution if the pain returns soon after..
Have had tilted kneecaps for many years, and occasional patellar tendinitis.