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What is the solution for slightly intoed foot in children? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 18-Dec-2013
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Doctor:How can I help you?
User:i have a daugter who is 2.4 yrs old
User:since few days i have observed that she is walking with her left foot slightly intoed
User:so i consulted an ortho
User:he suggested her gemcal syrup and Calcirol sachets..
User:daily one
User:and syrup twice daily
User:and he diagnosed it as rickets
User:so i am concerned about this...
Doctor:did he get some blood tests done to see the levels of Vitamin D3 and calcium levels?
User:about this as ...i observed that her left leg is slightly bent
User:no...he analyzed that there is deficiency of ca and vitamin d3 through his clinical examination
Doctor:So how can I help you?
User:i am very much worried...
User:and wanted to know if it is curable and wanted to have a second advice
Doctor:I suggest you get these blood tests done to be sure it is rickets
Doctor:once confirmed you can take it further
Doctor:but for the time being please continue the medicines
User:wht kind of tests do you suggest...
User:you mean to say that there is better medication that wth is suggested
Doctor:I have mentioned the tests
Doctor:you need to get total serum calcium level
Doctor:and Vitamin D levels
Doctor:once you get this done, you can consult the orthopedic doctor
Doctor:and I would also suggest you consult a pediatrician
User:if i remember once she was 3 months old said tht there was calcium defiency
User:and gave some syrups at that time
Doctor:then please do the tests and consult a pediatrician also
User:we even consulted a pediatrician as well...
User:he said tht calcirol will be the best one
User:but my point of concern is...if the bent leg will get corrected.. or not
Doctor:Once there is a deformity, it is difficult for it to get corrected onit's own
User:then what do you suggest sir
Doctor:I would still strongly advice you to get the tests done
Doctor:and then you should continue to give vitamin D and calcium supplements
User:is there any way physiotherapy could help?
Doctor:Physiotherapy will not help
User:even for the intoeing of the foot ...
Doctor:Intoeing of the feet can be corrected with applying a plaster cast
Doctor:and gradually making adjustments
Doctor:but this technique will not work for the bent legs
Doctor:the corrective surgery can be done only after the growth stops
User:how about a splint for the foot?
Doctor:No use
User:when will the growth stop?
Doctor:growth generally stops by 15 to 16 years in girls
Doctor:and 18 to 20 years in males
Doctor:but it can vary a little
User:could you pls suggest a good orthopedic doctor
User:here in hyderabad
Doctor:I am really sorry, I am from Bangalore
Doctor:so I do not know doctors in Hyderabad
User:fine doctor it was nice talking to you
Doctor:but if you have the option of fixing an appointment on your dashboard, you can request from that option
Doctor:you are welcome
Doctor:thanks for chatting
User:i will go ahead and do the tests first and then consult the doctor
User:Thank Q
User:thanks and bye
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