Limb Length Discrepancy

A child on crutches due to a limb lenght discrepancy

The world-renowned pediatric orthopedists at Nemours are experts at evaluating and treating children from birth through age 18 with limb length discrepancies and deformities. Our specialists take a multidisciplinary team approach to diagnose and correct limb inequalities using advanced, nonsurgical treatments (such as physical medicine and rehabilitation) and state-of-the-art, minimally invasive limb lengthening surgical procedures and limb reconstruction.

 
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Recognized as international leaders and pioneers in pediatric orthopedics and orthopedic surgery, our specialists and care teams are dedicated to treating your child — not just the condition. Limb length discrepancy in children results from congenital malformations (defects present at birth), acquired problems (such as trauma) and certain diseases (neurofibromatosis, Blount disease). At Nemours, we understand the complex conditions and injuries that can cause functional discrepancy, and will work with you to understand available treatment options specific to your child’s needs.

When you come to Nemours, you can expect compassionate care in a family-centered environment. This means that every detail, from our medical care and support services to our facilities and amenities, were designed with you in mind. We value your opinion and encourage participation in your child’s care, because you know your child best.

Nemours Children's Hospital, Orlando


13535 Nemours Parkway
Orlando, FL 32827
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For Appointments: (407) 650-7715

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The Department of Orthopedics at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando provides care for kids from birth to age 18 with varying conditions that cause limb length discrepancy (unequal limb length) or deformity. 

 
Your Child’s Limb Length Discrepancy Care Team

To provide a diagnostic evaluation and limb length discrepancy treatment designed to improve function and well-being, we rely on a team approach that combines the expertise of pediatric:

  • orthopedic surgeons
  • radiologists
  • physical therapists
  • orthotists (fit braces or splints)

We also consult with specialists from genetics, physical medicine and rehabilitation and Child Life to provide a range of services — all under one roof.

 
Types of Limb Length Discrepancy Conditions We Treat

Congenital malformations, such as:

  • fibular hemimelia (missing part of the fibula, or outer bone between the knee and ankle)
  • congenital short femur (born with a short femur, or bone between the hip and knee)
  • hemihyperplasia (one side of the body is larger than the other)

Acquired problems, such as:

  • trauma (bone fractures)
  • infection that damages growth plates 

Limb length discrepancy caused by disease:

  • neurofibromatosis (condition that causes tumors to grow on the nerves)
  • Blount disease (growth disorder that affects the tibia, or shin bone) 
 
Treatment Options for Limb Length Discrepancy

We offer both surgical and non-surgical treatments for limb length discrepancy, such as:

  • epiphysiodesis (surgically slowing the growth of the longer leg)
  • 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 is in our power to give your child the very best, most compassionate treatment possible.