Lower limb deformity (leg deformity) usually develops during childhood or is present at birth. While most children and adults are able to function and move normally with minor deformities, a more severe leg deformity can cause significant physical impairment. Leg deformities have different causes, including birth defects, congenital diseases, metabolic disorders, developmental abnormalities, and injuries. Regardless of the cause, degree, or type of impairment, Mobility Outreach International (MOi) strives to help adults and children with physically debilitating leg deformities by providing corrective treatment to ease pain and restore mobility.
Types of Lower Limb Deformities
Four primary types of lower limb deformities exist. They include:
- Bow Leg Deformity (Blount’s Disease) – Knees remain significantly apart when standing with toes pointed forward.
- Knock Knees – When standing with toes pointed forward, the knees touch, but the feet and ankles stay wide apart.
- Growth Plate Injury – New bone develops from the bone’s growth plate. Childhood injuries to this area can quickly arrest further development.
- Limb Length Discrepancy – In this condition, one limb is a significantly different length than the other.
Corrective Treatment for Leg Deformity with Mobility Outreach International
Corrective treatment for leg deformities vary, depending on the patient and the specific condition – the type of deformity and its severity. Treatment for a leg deformity might include a combination of physical therapy, orthotic devices, bracing, and surgery (in more severe cases). MOi’s team and international partners work together to provide regional medical professionals to specialize in treating and providing ongoing physical therapy for these orthopedic conditions. When possible, we also manufacture, source, and repair medical equipment locally to improve ongoing accessibility for our beneficiaries and their local communities.