leg/foot inversion

I am inquiring about any genetic component of foot or leg inversion. I have 2 brothers who have lower leg or foot inversion on one side, my son has rather striking inversion of his left lower extremity, and now my granddaughter exhibits mild inversion on one side of her lower leg/foot. There were 7 children in my family and this affected only 2 of us, then it affected my son, and now my granddaughter, so it sounds to me like there is some genetic component to it. My questions are, what should or should not be done to help my granddaughter, and my second question is that they are expecting another baby in November, and I wondered what examination or tests should be done on that newborn to help if that problem is exhibited in it? When my son was an infant, my pediatrician told me that his leg would straighten out when he started walking, but it didn't, so he sent me to an orthopedist who said it was way too late, that he should have been put in a brace at birth. Now, my granddaughter's pediatrician does not seem to be too concerned about her inversion problem and, yes, it is not a great problem but it does affect the way they walk and run, and I would like some tips on how to help her now, and how to help the new baby from the beginning, if it occurs in that child.

Thanks for any advice you can give.

Posted By Carol Garmon on June 08, 2007 at 19:44:30:

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