Limb Length Discrepancy

A child on crutches due to a limb lenght discrepancy

Our world-renowned orthopedic doctors offer a comprehensive limb length discrepancy program for children from birth through age 18 who have a limb deformity or an unequal limb length.

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At Nemours, we treat the whole child, not just the condition. The compassionate expertise of our doctors — coupled with our child-centered, family-oriented atmosphere — helps to minimize the stress families and patients often experience throughout the evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation process of a limb length discrepancy.

Nemours Children's Clinic, Pensacola

5153 N. Ninth Ave.
Pensacola, FL 32504
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For Appointments: (850) 505-4700

Hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Central Time)
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What to Bring
  • photo ID
  • medical and pharmacy insurance cards
  • preferred pharmacy name and phone number
  • names and dosage of all medications, including over-the-counter medication, your child is currently taking
  • guardianship and custody papers, if a legal guardian rather than a parent accompanies your child
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The Nemours Children’s Clinic, Pensacola, provides a comprehensive limb length discrepancy program for children from birth through age 18 with a limb deformity or an unequal limb length.

Your Limb Length Discrepancy Care Team

In partnership with Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital, we provide diagnostic evaluation and treatment designed to improve function and well-being of children with a limb length discrepancy. At Nemours Children’s Clinic, Pensacola we rely on a team approach that combines the expertise of:

We also frequently consult with specialists from genetics, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and behavioral health (to help children cope with any feelings about their condition and treatment).

Limb Length Discrepancy Conditions We Treat
We treat a variety of limb-length discrepancy conditions, including:
  • Congenital malformations (present at birth), such as:
    • Fibular hemimelia: absence of part of the fibula
    • Congenital short femur: when a child is born with a short femur, the bone in the upper leg, between the hip and knee
    • Hemihypertrophy: overgrowth of one side of the body
  • Acquired problems (developed later in life), such as:
    • Trauma: bone fractures
    • Infection that damages growth plates: resulting in severe limb shortening or deformities
  • Limb length discrepancies caused by disease:
    including neurofibromatosis and Blount’s disease
Comprehensive Treatment for Limb Length Discrepancy
At the Nemours Children's Clinic, Pensacola we offer children both surgical and non-surgical treatment options for limb length discrepancy, including:
  • exercise program development
  • epiphysiodesis (surgical slowing of growth)
  • limb lengthening
  • limb shortening
  • limb deformity correction
  • shoe lifts and bracing

Whatever kind of limb length discrepancy your child has, know that at Nemours we do whatever it takes to give your child the very best, most compassionate treatment possible. We treat every child as we would our own — your child, our promise.