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    Default Paediatric Orthopaedic surgeon

    Can anyone recommend a good paediatric orthopod anywhere around the Birsbane area?
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    Hi. My DD Alex sees dr Donald, Orthopedic surgeon, at the royal childrens hospital Brisbane. He's so great and takes public patients. You just need a refural from your GP and he'll see your little one.

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    OK, thats great thanks. Does he have much of a waiting list? I dont mind having to go private to get Aimee seen quicker if it makes a difference.

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    Hi. I dont think its any more than a few weeks, but then it depends on the severity of the issue. Whats the problem with Aimee?

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    DH has a problem with both his feet, they are flat but the boney structures that form the arch have fallen so it looks like he has flat feet with and extra bit of foot which purtrudes out the side. It's difficult to describe but they are sort of deformed looking so he cannot wear alot of shoes he has to try loads and loads to find ones with a high enough side and back, otherwise his foot comes out over the shoe.
    When he was a child he was brought to specialists and they had never seen anything like it and there was nothing they could do.

    Anyway I was always worried that Aimee could have the same thing. Over the last few months I thought I could notice something but when I looked closer I couldn't see it.
    I bought her a pair of clarks sandels last month and had to throw them out as her feet were all cut up and sore. i thought then when she was wearing them that her feet looked like they were going a bit like DH's. So I bought a new pair of sandels last week from myer and yesterday I put them on her and I saw it. It looks like the start of what DH has on one of her feet.

    I am sure there was been vast advancements in medicine since he was seen 30 years ago so I want to get her seen now when maybe its the early stages and they can do something.

    I know there are such worse things that can be wrong but it would be horrible for a little girl to not be able to wear sandles or strappy shoes and have her feet look deformed.

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    I know what you mean. I myself have problems finding a decent fitting shoe (I have a very high arch and very boney) and i'd hate anyone to go through that if it can be helped. Dr Donald is great and he is really well resected by other dr's.

    My DD alex has realy flexible joints ect and has only just started weight baring (at 15 months she started) and she is really struggling with foot placement so we're going back to dr donald in march (its 850k to brisbane for us so we go when we have heaps of appointments all at once).

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    My god, I thought we were alone. Dh's feet sound just like your dh.. His are servre.. He ended up seeing an Orthopaedic surgeon at the PA who refered him to someone else.. He's had orthotics made for him, but he's in agony with him so he's just let it go. Needless to say, he cant wear shoes, cant walk for more then 20 minutes or so without pain.

    Dd's feet are identical to his, and we also bought clarks shoes which tear up her feet. That's all we've been told to buy. We were also told that we had to wait until she was ATLEAST SEVEN OR EIGHT before anyone is willing to look at her. Either way, Im not happy about that at all.. We dont have private cover, so I didnt know if I could ask to see a peadiatirc ortho... I think I'll investigate further... This is a weird question, but do you have any photos of your dh's or dd's feet you could pm me? They really do sound exactly like my dh's and dd's..

    Quote Originally Posted by sparkleymum View Post
    DH has a problem with both his feet, they are flat but the boney structures that form the arch have fallen so it looks like he has flat feet with and extra bit of foot which purtrudes out the side. It's difficult to describe but they are sort of deformed looking so he cannot wear alot of shoes he has to try loads and loads to find ones with a high enough side and back, otherwise his foot comes out over the shoe.
    When he was a child he was brought to specialists and they had never seen anything like it and there was nothing they could do.

    Anyway I was always worried that Aimee could have the same thing. Over the last few months I thought I could notice something but when I looked closer I couldn't see it.
    I bought her a pair of clarks sandels last month and had to throw them out as her feet were all cut up and sore. i thought then when she was wearing them that her feet looked like they were going a bit like DH's. So I bought a new pair of sandels last week from myer and yesterday I put them on her and I saw it. It looks like the start of what DH has on one of her feet.

    I am sure there was been vast advancements in medicine since he was seen 30 years ago so I want to get her seen now when maybe its the early stages and they can do something.

    I know there are such worse things that can be wrong but it would be horrible for a little girl to not be able to wear sandles or strappy shoes and have her feet look deformed.

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    Oh I thought I'd add, that dh's feet actually turn out like a ballerina... he cant actually turn his in. Its because his feet were left so long, and his hips are now turned. Dd now walks with her feet out the same, and we're finding that she wont walk for very long herself anymore, she wants to be carried. Does your dh have any problems working because of it?

    lex11, I had a question for you... Do I ask my gp for a referral to see Dr Donald specifically?... Can she actually refuse to give me a referral? Does it cost public patients, or is it covered by medicare?

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    Leeny, yes Dh walks with one foot almost facing west and one almost facing east, is the best way to describe it.
    I would be really upset if I was told to come back when she is 7 or 8, that is too long, by then her feet will have formed and the arches fallen and it would be past the point of help, wouldn't it?
    I will let you know how I get on but I will definitely be getting her assessed by someone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkleymum View Post
    Leeny, yes Dh walks with one foot almost facing west and one almost facing east, is the best way to describe it.
    I would be really upset if I was told to come back when she is 7 or 8, that is too long, by then her feet will have formed and the arches fallen and it would be past the point of help, wouldn't it?
    I will let you know how I get on but I will definitely be getting her assessed by someone.

    I totally agree.. we're not impressed at all.. I've been trying to find out where to go from here, but I had no idea I could request to see a peadiatric ortho... Does your dh get alot of knee pain, and alot of servere leg cramps? DD's always complaining her legs hurt already, so I just cant understand waiting until shes 7 or 8 ("atleast")... I know that they still have soft cartlidge in thier foot until about the age of 5, so Im not sure what can be done, but im still interested in a 2nd and 3rd opinion.


 

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