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Doctor insights on: Cerebral Palsy And Heel Cord Lengthening

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I have Cerebral Palsy and have tight heel cords. When I go to stretch them I can't feel it stretching? What should I do?

I have Cerebral Palsy and have tight heel cords.  When I go to stretch them I can't feel it stretching?  What should I do?

Tight heel cords: Not clear when you say you can't feel the stretching whether you can't feel ANYTHING in your ankles/feet or just can't feel that. If you haven't done these things already, consider seeing a physiatrist &/or a physical therapist for evaluation and recommendations. Also surgical tendon release is done in some cases. A physiatrist can refer you to an orthopedist if necessary. Hope this helps. ...Read more

Palsy (Definition)

...is a corruption of French "paralise" from Latinized Greek "paralysis." In the old days it meant any kind of persistent weakness. To this day Parkinson's disease is also called "paralysis agitans" which is a Latin translation of Dr. Parkinson's original name for it, the "shaking palsy." We've obviously reborrowed the full form "paralysis" into English as well; today ...Read more


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Severe burning pain in back of heel of foot was on my feet all day and I have spastic cerebral palsy?

Severe burning pain in back of heel of foot was on my feet all day and I have spastic cerebral palsy?

Burning heel: With your history of Cerebral Palsy and being on your feet all day. I wonder if you may be stretching your tendons more than usual. See your doctor for an assessment and care. All the best. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about cerebral palsy, and tendon lengthening?

Can you tell me about cerebral palsy, and tendon lengthening?

Cerebral palsy: Tendon lengthening is done in children with cerebral palsy where the tendon is too tight and does now allow the joint to move adequately. In well selected cases this technique can be quite helpful to the patient. ...Read more

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Is it possible for mild cerebral palsy to cause delay growth, prolonged growth or even stunted growth?

Is it possible for mild cerebral palsy to cause delay growth, prolonged growth or even stunted growth?

Cerebral palsy is a : group of disorders of impaired motor functions described by the way they limit mobility, posture, arm/ hand use & oral motor skills. In kids with CP, growth is slower than that of neurotypical peers, the difference is greater with age. Puberty may be delayed & last longer. Poor oral motor function, endocrine problems & gastroesophageal reflux all can impact nutrition, growth & body composition. ...Read more

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Can drugs cause cerebral palsy?

Can drugs cause cerebral palsy?

Not directly: Cerebral palsy is caused by injury to an immature brain. It typically occurs when a child is born early or has an event where they have inadequate blood suppply or oxygen to the brain for a signifcant length of time. ...Read more

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Can someone with cerebral palsy have kids?

Yes: The reproductive system in the vast majority of adults with CP is normal and they can have children. Cerebral palsy is not a cause of infertility. However, some people with CP have other disabilities or medical conditions that might make having children an issue. ...Read more

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Why did my friend have a child with cerebral palsy?

Unexpected injury: On most but not all occasions pregnancy will produce happy healthy kids. CP is a disorder of movement & posture related to an injury to the movement centers of the brain that occurs anytime before the 3rd birthday. More than half occur after nl pregnancies, with nl labor, delivery & newborn period & nl first 3y. So some unknown event occurs to cause the damage. ...Read more

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Does mild cerebral palsy have physical limitations?

Does mild cerebral palsy have physical limitations?

Yes, but...: Many people with mild CP will live full, normal lives. The physical limitations are a result of the severity of the neurological insult. ...Read more

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How can I know which kind of cerebral palsy do I have?

How can I know which kind of cerebral palsy do I have?

Have an office visit: Your regular doc may have the experience to provide you with the label you seek. The classifications revolve around which or how many limbs are involved, the type of muscle tone, the effect on mobility etc. Neurologists and or physical medicine specialists may also provide you with the information. ...Read more

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What could cause a couple to have 2 kids with cerebral palsy?

Preemies?: Although many answers are possible children who are born prematurely or with low birth weight are statistically more likely to have cp. This does not directly answer the question, but any condition which results in early birth could theoretically increase one person's risk of having a child affected by cp. ...Read more

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Dr. Kathryn Mosher
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Cerebral Palsy (Definition)

Cerebral palsy refers to a group of disorders characterized by motor and postural dysfunction. These disorders are non progressive, meaning that the motor problems do not get worse over time. Spastic diplegia is the most common type of cerebral palsy and is characterized by increased muscle ...Read more


Dr. William Singer
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Paralysis (Definition)

A paralyzed limb cannot be voluntarily moved, and the term reflects leg involvement, paraplegia, full body, quadriplegia, and less than full, tetraplegia. Causes can be many, including stroke, trauma, ...Read more