Limb deformities are musculoskeletal abnormalities that can be congenital (something you are born with), developmental, or acquired as the result of fracture, infection, arthritis or tumor. The symptoms of limb deformity can range from a mild difference in the appearance of a limb, to major loss of function of an extremity. Treatment depends on the anatomic location of the deformity, functional deficit, or presence of cosmetic concern.
Some of the conditions that can cause limb deformities include:
The performance of limb deformity surgery depends on age, weight, activity level and other factors. There are potential risks and recovery takes time. People with conditions limiting rehabilitation should not have this surgery. Only an orthopaedic surgeon can tell if limb deformity surgery is right for you.