Congenital Deficiencies Specialist

Paley Orthopedic & Spine Institute

Orthopedics located in West Palm Beach, FL

Limb and hand disorders are common congenital deficiencies that can improve through surgery or treatment. If you or your child was born with lower limb disorders, upper limb disorders, or hand deformities, give the team at Paley Orthopedic & Spine Institute at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, a call or use the online booking feature to schedule a consultation today.

Congenital Deficiencies Q & A

What is a congenital deficiency?

A congenital deficiency is a birth defect, meaning it is a condition present at birth. Congenital deficiencies are either structural disorders involving problems with the shape or size of a body part, or functional disorders involving how a specific body part works. 

The knowledgeable team at Paley Orthopedic & Spine Institute have extensive experience diagnosing and treating pediatric lower and upper limb disorders and hand congenital deficiencies. 

What are lower limb disorders?

Lower limb disorders are conditions or deformities involving the bones and tendons between the hip to the toes. Common pediatric lower limb disorders include limb length discrepancy, where one leg is longer than the other, bone displacement after a fracture or injury, and bones that are bent or twisted. 

Disorders of the lower limb also include:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Knee disorders
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Clubfoot
  • Flat feet
  • Ankle strains and fractures

It’s important to address lower limb disorders and problems early in childhood to prevent arthritis later in life. If your child starts limping, it is advised you get an evaluation.

Surgeons at Paley Orthopedic & Spine Institute perform bone deformity correction and limb lengthening procedures to treat pediatric lower limb disorders.

What are upper limb disorders?

Pediatric deformities of the upper limbs aren’t as likely to cause arthritis later in life because the upper limbs aren’t weight bearing or used for walking, but surgery may be recommended to restore function and appearance for:

  • Wrist deformities
  • Congenital shoulder and elbow deformities
  • Radial head dislocation

What are congenital hand deformities?

Hand deformity severity varies from minor deformities that do not greatly affect the ability to use the hands to severe deformities, such as the total absence of a bone. Congenital hand deformities can challenge children throughout their development as they try to interact with their environment with their hands.

Common treatments for congenital hand deformities include:

  • Splinting affected limbs
  • Limb manipulation or stretching
  • Skin grafts
  • Physical therapy
  • Tendon transfers
  • Prosthetics and external appliances

If you or your child has a congenital hand deformity consult with the experts at Paley Orthopedic & Spine Institute to see if reconstructive surgery or prosthetic devices are options to increase function.

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