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Dr. Mark Weston
Board Certified, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
26 years in practice
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5 y/o son has minor CP. Wears leg braces, receives PT/OT. Complaints of leg pain are getting worse and more frequent. Also seeing chiro. What else??

Dr. Mark Weston
Board Certified, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
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5 y/o son has minor CP. Wears leg braces, receives PT/OT. Complaints of leg pain are getting worse and more frequent. Also seeing chiro. What else??

Braces fit?: Look for red skin and work with prosthesis to ensure braces fit well bracing spaticity can cause pain and skin and problems ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Pack
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Dr. Brian Chimenti
Board Certified, Sports Medicine
22 years in practice
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Strange, fleeting but increasing uncomfortable leg sensations causing leg(s) to buckle. What might be causing this? History of disc fractures, sciatic pain, mostly on one side, born breach, wore braces for first 3 years of life, had a serious back injury

Dr. Brian Chimenti
Board Certified, Sports Medicine
22 years in practice
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My : My biggest concern, especially considering your history of disc problems and sciatica as well as previous serious back injury would be that the buckling and strange painful leg sensations are due to ongoing and perhaps progressive nerve irritation/entrapment from your lower spine. While nonspecific, numbness or tingling may also be present with nerve damage. More serious signs of problems, necessitating immediate evaluation would include loss of bowel or bladder control. You really should be evaluated by at least your primary care physician if not an orthopedic specialist. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Pack
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Dr. Edwin Peak
Board Certified, Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
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After running, I have pain on the inner part of my shins and I can barley walk. Sometimes the pain lessens, other times it feels unbarable. I have bow legs, are there any good ankle braces you recommend to prevent more pain while sprinting? I bought shoes

Dr. Edwin Peak
Board Certified, Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
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After running, I have pain on the inner part of my shins and I can barley walk. Sometimes the pain lessens, other times it feels unbarable. I have bow legs, are there any good ankle braces you recommend to prevent more pain while sprinting? I bought shoes

?shin splints: You may have shin splints from running too often. Try a day of rest in between runs. Stretch more often. Anti-inflammatories. You could have knee arthritis. Some people benefit from heel wedges but not ankle braces when they have bowed legs. If this doesn't help, then I think he need an examination by an orthopedic doctor & XR. There could also be a knee cap tracking issue. ...Read more

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
44 years in practice
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When you have braces will you have an odd leg shape?

Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
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When you have braces will you have an odd leg shape?

Not realy: Braces tend to support the leg and the shape of that extermties. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Pack
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Board Certified, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
35 years in practice
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Can I wear AFOs or leg braces while doing some cardio workout?

Dr. Thomas Dowling
Board Certified, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
35 years in practice
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Can I wear AFOs or leg braces while doing some cardio workout?

Yes: As long as it does not interfere with your balance or put you at risk for injury including blistering or chafing. You may need to modify what cardio exercises that you do or cross train. If you have specific concerns discuss then with your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Rasak
Board Certified, Cardiology
28 years in practice
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In stroke recovery what do leg braces do?

Dr. Mark Rasak
Board Certified, Cardiology
28 years in practice
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In stroke recovery what do leg braces do?

Many things: The braces are used to maintain alignment and prvent contractures. Also maintain stability when rehab is initiated. ...Read more

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
Board Certified, Rheumatology
47 years in practice
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My younger sister is 13, turning 14 next year, is the same as me. Does she have to do leg braces? What type of treatment does she have to do?

Dr. Ronald Krauser
Board Certified, Rheumatology
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My younger sister is 13, turning 14 next year, is the same as me. Does she have to do leg braces? What type of treatment does she have to do?

Not enough info: What is the problem with her legs? What is the specific diagnosis? You need to supply more specific information. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Ihle
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
49 years in practice
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My 2 year olds left leg is still very bowed out and she has cramps in it. She seen an orthopedic dr once at 13 months. Should i take her back again?

Dr. Peter Ihle
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
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My 2 year olds left leg is still very bowed out and she has cramps in it. She seen an orthopedic dr once at 13 months. Should i take her back again?

By all means: Bowing can b from a disease like blount's or idiopathic . If bad very noticeable & causes clumsiness & falls, a surgical correction may b needed. Best done while young. ...Read more

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Dr. Gehrig Harris
Board Certified, Family Medicine
12 years in practice
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Hi, i think i have bowed legs and im almost 17, do i need to get braces on my legs and does bowed legs affect my height or affect my growth.

Dr. Gehrig Harris
Board Certified, Family Medicine
12 years in practice
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Hi, i think i have bowed legs and im almost 17, do i need to get braces on my legs and does bowed legs affect my height or affect my growth.

Bowed legs: Hello JunedA, I like your question. Bowed legs in adolescents is commonly due to being overweight. but can also be caused by vitamin D deficiency, trauma, or kidney disease. Because you're 17, you're almost done growing anyway but I think going to a local doctor to be evaluated for vitamin deficiencies and other causes would be a great way for you to start your healthy adulthood. Good luck :) ...Read more

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Board Certified, Family Medicine
38 years in practice
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Can braces for bow legs actually work?

Dr. Danny Proffitt
Board Certified, Family Medicine
38 years in practice
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Can braces for bow legs actually work?

Yes: This had to be done at the right age and as soon as there is a correct diagnosis an by someone skilled in this type of treatment and who agrees that braces are the proper thing to do. ...Read more

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