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By Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama
October 11, 2017
Tags: Flat Feet   bow legs   intoeing  

As a parent we try to prevent, treat, and cure every ailment that our children come across. Sometimes these problems are easy to fix, other times they are due to the development of the child. It is not uncommon for children to have developmental disorders. Some of these disorders affect education, learning, and growth, while others can affect their feet and the way they stay mobile. The following list are four developmental disorders that could develop in your child.

  • Bowlegs – Bowlegs look exactly as they sound. The legs of the child that are typically straight, have more of a curve to them. This is very common in infants between 12 and 14 months old. This condition can last all the way up until a child is 2. Most bowlegs are very stable and symmetric. The disorder is also known to spontaneously resolve. Sometimes podiatrists such as Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama use bracing to help children’s legs get back into the right position and to help them stay mobile, especially if a child has bowlegs between the ages of 3 and 4. If a growth plate is causing the bowlegs, surgery may be necessary.
  • Knock-Knees – This disorder, in which knees touch but ankles do not when standing, is very common and considered normal in children ages 3-7. As the child ages, the knock-knees usually improve and go away all on their own. By age 11 the knees and legs should completely straighten out. Sometimes bracing is used to help this disorder. In very rare and severe cases, surgery is performed.
  • Flat Foot – This is a very common problem in children and adults all over the world. It is usually a condition that is caused by genetics. The tendons in the foot, as well as the ligaments, are lax and do not behave in a manner that creates an arch. As long as the foot and arch are not rigid, flat feet is not normally a cause for concern. By age 5 you can usually tell if a person will have flat feet or not. If these flat feet cause pain, orthotics can be used to aid the foot.
  • Intoeing – This condition is caused by the hips and lower body being rotated inward or outward. The most common cause of this shift is a shin bone twist or thigh bone torsion. Sometimes surgery is used to fix the affected limbs.

Does your child suffer from bow legs, flat feet, or any other developmental disorder of the foot and ankle? Do they have an odd gait and in need a professional opinion? Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama located in Dearborn, Farmington Hills, Clarkston, Trenton, Michigan can help you get the diagnosis you have been searching for. Call 313-274-0990 or make an appointment online today.



Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama
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Trenton, MI 48183 -(734) 676-4664

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Dearborn, MI 48124 - (313) 274-0990

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