The other day, I met another woman who stopped me in the store and inquired about Roryâ€™s shoe.Â Many of you know my feelings about people asking questions about Roryâ€™s condition: I WELCOME them!Â I would much rather have someone ask me about it than just stare at her (which is normally what happens).
I began my normal explanation to the lady; her condition, what it was, and of course: handed her one of our business cards.Â She seemed more interested and concerned than most people we encounter. Â She then informed me about her concerns with her newborn son, and how she believed that one of his limbs was smaller than the other.Â Her main question was, how I found out that Rory had Congenital Femoral Deficiency (CFD).
Visual Cues of Limb Deformity
We found out during her 5 month ultrasound.Â The doctors had already noticed her right leg being significantly shorter than her left.Â The doctors did not know that she had CFD, it is a 1 in 500,000 discrepancy and extremely rare, so the doctors didnâ€™t suggest her condition could be CFD until a few weeks before Rory was born.Â Although her discrepancy is more mild than other children that have CFD, it was still big enough for our doctors to discover at her 5 month ultrasound.
The lady informed me that she did not think her sonâ€™s discrepancy was nearly as significant as Roryâ€™s, but that she still had concerns.Â I then shared some characteristics of Roryâ€™s leg so she could go home and look at her son.
One characteristic is on her right leg, the smaller leg, there is an indentation, almost like a large dimple.Â I have had contact with other mothers whose children have CFD/PFFD (the best part of going to Roryâ€™s doctor is meeting other motherâ€™s who have children like Rory!) and their children all have dimples in their leg as well.Â Roryâ€™s dimple is a little larger than a cellulite dimple and is always visible (unlike cellulite that can only show up when someone is sitting).
When I asked her doctor about this â€œleg dimple,â€ he informed me that when there is a dimple visible on the skin, it is a sign that there is an imperfection under the skin.Â It is just another indicator that her right femur is irregular (medically, they use the word deformed, but I strongly dislike that word!). Â Although getting an x-ray is probably the best way to see if your child has a limb discrepancy, the dimple on top of the skin is a small indicator that can help inform a mother that there is something going on under the skin.
I hope this can help a few mothers out there, please know that you can always email me if anyone has any questions on identifying limb discrepancies, although I am not an expert, I know enough and am a great listener!
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