Update on Moreaya’s Foot

12 Months Old

First and foremost, I wanted to thank each and every one of you that did say a little prayer, send us a quick positive thought, or even commented on my first post about When Parenting Gets Tough.  It meant so much to me and honestly calmed my nerves more than I ever expected.

I have a great report to share!  Just like a few of the comments on the last post said, maybe it will correct itself… turns out, they were right!

I absolutely adored the Orthopedic Doctor that we visited yesterday morning.  He didn't discount my fears at all and reinforced that he indeed see a problem with her left leg.  He explained things to me in both medical terms and "Mom terms" to put my worries at ease.  Basically here's what's wrong…

Her tibia, shin bone, in her right leg is "average".  Everyone's shin bone is turned at about a 15 degree angle to the inside.  Unfortunately, Moreaya's left shin bone is turned at a higher degree, outwards.  Since we've seen this indication for longer than a couple of months, he said that it's due to the way that she was carried in utero.  Nothing that I did wrong, just the way that she laid.  I only had 2 ultrasounds, so I can't look back to see if this was indeed the case, but I believe he's right.  This makes sense because she seems more comfortable turning her leg out – to sit, walk, and stand.

So, now we know the issue – here's what we do about it… NOTHING!  No inserts, braces, and thankfully no surgery.  He advised me that about 97% of cases correct themselves.  But, it could take years, for us not to expect results in months.  He said her body will simply {hopefully} train itself to turn her leg the right way.  He said subconsciously she'll decide 'Hey, it's easier if both of my feet point the same way'. 

He also recommended Dance and Soccer – but he said he recommends that for every child.  But for Moreaya, it will help with her leg development.

Otherwise, he reported that she's a super happy and healthy child!  He wants to check up on her in a year, just to be sure.  His prescription?

Pretty Shoes

Comments

  1. says

    So glad to hear it isn’t a major concern! And interesting about the in utero connection. Did he say when he suggests starting dance and soccer?

  2. says

    It’s good to know it’s something that will correct itself on its own. My sister had a similar problem with her feet when she was little. She even had to wear a brace at night for about a year. Now she has the straightest feet in the family.

  3. says

    So glad to hear it turned out well! Not only is it great that she’s on track to grow well without intervention, it’s awesome that you’ve found a doctor you are comfortable with who can keep an eye on her in the future if need be. Great news!

  4. Amanda Alvarado says

    Yay! Just be careful with the shoes…it becomes a BAD habit! I am not joking! Dd has so many pairs now that I have to restrain my self from buying her anymore! LOL

  5. Marina says

    What a fantastic doctor. The world needs more like him and Mama don’t you worry.Just keep praying in due time, the LORD will set your precious Twinkle Toes foot just right.

  6. says

    That’s great news! It sounds like your doctor is wonderful too. So nice to have one that is thoughtful and kind. My son’s inward hip rotation is a combination of genetics & how he was carried, too. Funny thing is I had 5 or 6 ultrasounds – and there was no mention of anything then!

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