Blount’s disease is a condition that affects the growth of the tibia bone in the lower leg causing it to bow outward. This condition, which is more common in children and adolescents, can lead to abnormal alignment of the knee and affect the overall function and mobility of the affected leg. Fortunately, orthotic solutions can play a crucial role in managing Blount’s disease and supporting patients in their journey toward better mobility and quality of life.
In this blog, we will explore Blount’s disease in more detail, including its causes, symptoms, and orthotic solutions that can help individuals with this condition.
Blount’s disease, also known as tibia vara, is a growth disorder that affects the tibia bone in the lower leg. This condition causes the bone to bow outward, which can result in an abnormal alignment of the knee joint. Blount’s disease is more common in children and adolescents, with a higher prevalence among overweight individuals.
The exact cause of Blount’s disease is still unknown but research suggests that it may be related to the following factors:
The symptoms of Blount’s disease can vary depending on the severity of the condition. Some common symptoms include:
A KAFO is a custom-made orthotic device that extends from the foot to the thigh, providing stability and support to the knee and ankle joints. This device can help align the leg and prevent further bowing of the tibia bone. The KAFO is designed to hold the knee in a straight position which helps to reduce pressure on the inside of the knee joint. KAFOs are typically made of lightweight materials such as carbon fiber or 3D printed and are custom-fabricated to each individual’s leg. They can be worn for long periods and are adjustable to accommodate changes in eg size and shape.
An AFO is a custom-made orthotic device that extends from the foot to the ankle with a clamshell design,mostly a clamshell design, providing support to the ankle joint. The AFO can help align the foot and ankle, which, in turn, can affect the alignment of the knee and tibia. AFOs are typically used for less severe cases of Blount’s disease where the bowing of the tibia bone is less pronounced. Similar to KAFOs, AFOs are made to each individual’s leg. They can be worn with or without shoes and are designed to provide support and stability during walking or other activities.
Regular monitoring of leg alignment and adjustments to the orthotic devices as needed can ensure that the treatment is effective and optimized for each individual’s needs. It is important to work closely with a physician and orthotics provider to determine the appropriate treatment plan and to make any necessary adjustments to the orthotic devices.
Blount’s disease is a condition that can affect the growth and alignment of the tibia bone in the lower leg. Fortunately, orthotic solutions can play a crucial role in managing this condition and supporting patients in their journeys toward better mobility and quality of life. If you or your loved one has been diagnosed with Blount’s disease, it’s important to work with our qualified orthotist at MOBILIS clinics in Dubai or Abu Dhabi who can provide personalized recommendations and support throughout your treatment journey.