Lower Extremity Program
Pediatric Care for Lower Extremity Disorders
The Orthopedic Center's Lower Extremity Program offers comprehensive assessment, diagnosis, and non-operative and operative management for infants, children and adolescents with complex disorders of the lower extremities.
We are a multidisciplinary team of fellowship-trained, board-certified, pediatric orthopedic surgeons. And with more than 5,000 pediatric visits per year, our team is one of the most experienced in the country.
Our specialties include:
- consultation and evaluation
- orthotic and prosthetic management
- physical and occupational therapy
- reconstructive surgery
- Ponseti treatment of clubfoot
- minimally invasive telescopic Fassier Duval rods for osteogenesis imperfecta (OI)
For more information about our services, or to schedule an appointment or consultation, please call 617-355-6021.
For families residing outside of the United States, please call Boston Children's International Health Services at 01-617-355-5209.
Developmental dysplasia of the hip
Understanding and treating brittle bones
In bones, cells called osteocytes sense mechanical stress, like that caused by exercise, and in response call for other cells called osteoblasts to start producing more bone tissue, giving the bones greater density and strength. A team of researchers led by Matthew Warman, MD, of Children's Orthopedic Research Laboratories, has engineered mice with unusually dense bones using mutations in a gene called Lrp5 (which is part of the osteocytes' stress-sensing system) that cause high bone mass in people.
Conditions & Treatments
- Cleft Foot
- Congenital limb defects
- Dislocated patella
- Femoral anteversion
- Growth plate fractures
- Hip fracture
- Leg length discrepancy
- Metatarsus adductus
- Orthopedic Center
- Osteogenesis imperfecta
- Plantar fasciitis
- Tibial Torsion
- Cast types and maintenance
- Developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH)
- Hip dysplasia (developmental dysplasia of the hip)
- Knock knees
- Legg-Calve-Perthes disease
- Muscle weakness (hypotonia)
- Osgood-Schlatter disease
- Patellofemoral pain
- Tarsal coalition
- Walking (gait) abnormalities