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lovemyboys98065 posted:
My son is 2.5 years old, and we are trying to find more information on skew foot. He has a severe skew foot and one of the docs suggested we do a series of casting. He runs and jumps without any pain. I'm just wondering if anyone else out there has any experience with skew foot and what you have done about it..... We live in Washington State and are looking for other doctors to see to get other opinions too. Any information would be useful. Thanks!
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_Paula responded:
what is skew foot??
 
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Dr__Parker responded:
My experience and understanding of 'skew foot' is limited to this - it's a kind of flat foot, - surgery is rarely indicated, = sometimes casting helps. And that is all I know about it.

I'd suggst you get a second opinion from another pediatric orthopedist about how helpful and important serial casting might be.
 
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Caprice_WebMD_Staff responded:
A follow-up note to all:

Doctor recommendations cannot be made on our boards so if anyone is seeking a recommendation, they may want to post an anonymous email address (if they're comfortable doing so) so others can contact them directly.
 
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Johnnie38 responded:
Will this board be moderated by another doctor at some point? Seems pointless to post on a seemingly active board to only have a mod say to consult a doc that this one (Dr. P.) has died.
 
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Caprice_WebMD_Staff responded:
Yes, Johnnie. Just not sure when yet.

But even when a doctor is here, often the advice is to see a doctor.
 
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Johnnie38 responded:
Yes, Caprice, I agree about consulting a doctor. I didn't make myself clear. My comment about just telling a poster to consult a doc was in reference to the blanket answer mods offer here. If the board doesn't serve a purpose, why have it? KWIM? So, for person to be able to post questions to a doc must be something webmd does indeed choose to support. I just wondered if this board will continue or not. Thanks for the reply.
 
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midwestmom1975 responded:
My child had something similar to this I believe. Please consult another doctor to make sure their advise is the same. A good place to go is to a physical therapist to see what they have to say also. My daughter had casting done by a pediatric orthopedic specialist and it was not done correctly and now she has even more problems that we are now in therapy trying to correct. Do not want to alarm you but we have since learned that casting has to be done the correct way or it can really cause more problems I speak from experience. Good luck to you!
 
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mcbashe responded:
Speaking from personal experience, do what ever you need to do to get the condition taken care of when he was young. When I was younger, my mom noticed that my left foot was not growing properly and took me to a doctor who said there was nothing wrong with it. Then, at the age of 11, I had to have major reconstructive surgery on my foot which has now turned in to the most painful seven years of my life. The surgery itself was unbelievable. The surgeon had to saw through my toe bones, remove parts of bone from one side of my foot and insert them into the other side. I have screws in my foot and the surgery hasn't proved extremely successful. My podiatrist told me that if I would've had corrective shoes when I was younger, I wouldn't need the painful surgery and I would've been walking just fine. Now, seven years after my surgery (with a follow-up surgery to remove the pins and a year's worth of physical therapy), I cannot walk properly, it's painful and difficult for me to run, and I can't play sports at all.

I'm telling you, for the good of your son and yourself, fix it now.
 
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sami45 replied to mcbashe's response:
I am 65 years old and last week I found out that I have Skew foot. I had difficulty learning to walk as a toddler and was put in corrective shoes. I guess my parents thought once I walked I was fine. However, I remember mom telling me how she used to actually spank me for falling down because she thought I was careless. She said it never failed that when she got me all dressed up to go somewhere, I would end up falling and getting dirty. I have been very clumsy my whole life..........twisting my ankles was a daily occurence in my youth. Weariing high heels as a young person was very painful and done so without any grace. I quit wearing them in my 20's. I have been teased by my family and husband for years because of being clumsy and was something I accepted. I never broke a bone falling until 20 months ago. I did not know my ankle was broken until I was rushed to the hospital with blood clots in my lungs which almost took my life. About ten years ago, bunions appeared and progressively got worse. I am flat footed so I was told that it was common for flat footed people to have bunions. My feet were never x-rayed but I was told they would do surgery whenever I wanted it. My husband insisted that I see the orthopedic doctor to get bunion surgery in hopes that it would help me stay on my feet. The x-rays revealed that I have congenital skew foot. Surgery was not advised because it would be extremely painful...............including 12 weeks off of my feet and there were no guarantees that I would not have discomfort after the surgery. I wish that my parents would have continued taking me to the Specialist when I was a toddler. I would not have deformed feet...........would have enjoyed dressing up and wearing heels...........would not have been so clumsy and I possibly would have been able to ice skate..............I do not know what it is like to never have discomfort in my feet. The most comfort I have had in wearing shoe is wearing the genuine Croc shoes.........they are wide enough and have a good arch support for flat feet. Since my 30's, my ankles appear to be swollen all the time but they look that way because of the shape of the foot. Also, I was told that my knees get sore because they do all the lifting of my feet. Because my feet do not help in the lifting process, I cannot wear thick soled shoes as my feet barely clear the ground and I stub my toes....................The doctor told me that when I start to fall, I have to recovery ability because my feet roll inward. I survived my youth without major problems but as an older person, I now have to take extra precautions because I am at a high risk to break bones and get blood clots...........................I totally agree with McBashe...........take care of this problem while your child is still young because it gets progressively worse............
 
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AnneLok responded:
Hello, 2 years ago you posted some questions about skew foot on internet. I live in Holland, the Netherlands, and I believe I have the same problem. My daughter, now 8 months old, is diagnosted with skew foot. She has being casted for several times, now she has got braced. But when I see her feet, crying is all I can do. I am not sure the therapy works, so I wonder if there is some more information about it. In Holland there is just one specialist who claimes some thing to know about skew feet. I think he is quite good, but I also believe it is good to talk and discuss with other docters about it.
Can someone help me to find a docter, specialised in skew feet, fot some contact?


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