Monday, October 09, 2006

My Little Pigeon-Toed Princess: Part I

I've posted before that Anneliese is a bit pigeon-toed. That's also known as intoeing. Basically, one or both feet turn inward. It's often due to how the baby was positioned in utero, or be some other sort of bone deformity. All we know is that when her pediatrician checked her legs, the bones are nice and straight and not deformed, so it's got to be a muscle thing or something. He checked her at 15 months and again at 18 months. Now that she's 20 months, I want her checked out to be sure that she doesn't need corrective therapy or something. Much of the research I've done shows that by 2 or 3 yrs old, she should outgrow this type of intoeing, but when I finally managed to get in touch with the Hartford Children's Hospital, they said that it's common not to recommend doing something until they child is 6 or 7 yrs old. I really don't want to wait that long, so I'm going to push to correct it now. We have an appointment at 10:30 am EST tomorrow with the nurse practitioner. I'm hoping that if I insist on treatment or if they think it's serious enough (whichever is more likely) that I'll be able to see a orthopaedic specialist right away. I would have had to have waited at least a couple months to see the specialist, unless I was willing to drive to Avon (I'm not, when they're less than 10 minutes away in Hartford). So, nurse practitioner it is.

Wish us luck. I'm starting to get a bit nervous about the appointment.

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