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Lower Limb Disorders Program

At Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, our team of pediatric orthopedic surgeons and providers specialize in treating conditions involving the lower extremity, from the hip to the toes. These can range from conditions or deformities your child may have been born with to conditions that appear with development, overuse or injury.

Every day, children and teens are seen by our specialists with the experience and most advanced training in surgical procedures and clinical treatment. In collaboration with the Medical College of Wisconsin, our providers are also working closely with researchers to develop and utilize cutting-edge treatment.

Hip disorders and conditions

There are a number of different orthopedic conditions that can affect a child or teen's hip joint. One of the most common conditions seen in infants is hip dysplasia. All of our surgeons and their teams are experienced in treating this condition, whether it requires only treatment in a brace or if it gets to point where it requires surgery. In older children and teens with this condition, they may require a hip preservation procedure. Roger Lyon, MD, is one of the pediatric orthopedic surgeons who specializes in this procedure.

As further options for treatment, we also offer hip arthroscopy, surgical dislocation, and injections.

Some of the common hip conditions we treat are:

If your child starts limping, it's important to get an evaluation right away. There are several possible causes, some involving the hip. SCFE is a condition we see in preteens and teens when the ball or femoral head in the hip socket starts to fracture and slip at the growth plate. This can be an emergency, so it is important to address it immediately.

Members of our orthopedic team specialize in the treatment of certain sports-related hip conditions such as labral tears and femoral impingement. If your child is suffering from a hip injury, we would be happy to evaluate, and if needed, provide the experienced care your young athlete deserves. 

Knee, ankle, and foot disorders

Injuries and disorders of the knee and foot are one of the most common reasons children are referred to orthopedics. Several of our surgeons specialize in treating some of the more unique conditions. One of these is osteochondritis dissecans. While it can be found in several different areas, it is often seen in the knee or ankle. Dr. Roger Lyon is involved in a national research group studying this condition and the continuing improvement of treatment of this condition.

One of the most common orthopedic conditions we see in infants is club feet. Providing treatment for an infant with a clubfoot is one of the most rewarding experiences because it allows a child to walk who if the condition was left untreated would have very hard time walking normally. Scott Van Valin, MD, is one of our surgeons who specializes in this area and conducts weekly clinics to treat patients with this condition.

Some of the common knee, ankle and foot disorders we treat are:

  • Clubfoot
  • Metatarsus adductus
  • Ankle and foot sprains and fractures
  • Tarsal coalitions
  • Bunions
  • Curly toes
  • Flat feet (pes planus)
  • Osteochondritis dissecans
  • Lower limb length differences and disorders
  • Growth related overuse injuries
    • Osgood Schlatter's disease
    • Sever's disease

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