If you are new to PFFD - I recommend starting with the PFFD book

Clothes, Right Shoe Lifts, and Braces for a PFFD Toddler to Give Away

Hello! Before my son wore his prosthetic leg, he had a shoe lift on the right and wore an ankle brace on the left for support. I also hemmed his pants and pajamas.

Now that he is older, I'd love for these items to go to someone who needs it. If you can't afford to get a shoe lift or ankle brace, here's what I have:

Toddler size 3W Champion shoes with 2 inch lift on right shoe
Toddler size 4.5M Answer 2 orthotic shoes with 4 inch lift on right shoe
Toddler size 7M Answer 2 orthotic shoes (for use with an ankle brace)
Toddler size left knee brace

Online chat with doctors and other families about PFFD on 9/29/11

Quick reminder - the next online chat with Drs Standard and (usually) Herzenberg is Thursday 9/29. This is a great way to ask questions either of the doctors or other families.

It's at 8 PM Eastern (US) time. Email icll (at) lifebridgehealth.org for more information. (Please be sure to include some basic info such as age, previous treatments etc, so that we can tell which password requests are legitimate).


My daughter fractured what she has of her femur bone in her right leg, although to me it looks broke in half. We are going to shriner's on Tuesday to let them look at it. Has anyone ever had this type of problem

Just learned what my condition is called.

I knew i had the Van Ness procedure done when i was about two years of age. Although i never knew what my condition was called all i knew was i did not have my left thigh . Still don't know exactly what type i have though(my femur is about an inch or two long now and i am 6ft 3 with just under 45 degree range of motion in my knee/hip).
i am glad i had the rotationplasty because it has improved my quality of life i have learned to ride a bike skateboard and have more recently taken up thai boxing and jujitsu.

Meeting others with PFFD

The other day I met someone with a similar PFFD and I just wanted to share with everyone on here how great it was. Although I'm only 20 and the lady I met with is early 60's it was great to be able to share stories of growing up with the condition and how different and similar it was 60 years ago and now. We had a lot of laughs swapping stories and comparing growing up (which wasn't very different at all). I never knew that speaking to someone with the same condition would be so helpful.

PFFD patients who have had amputation

I'm having issues with getting a new prosthesis and I keep getting told the same thing- amputation. I just wanted to know if there are any adults who had their " LITTLE LEG" amputated in order to get a better fitting prosthesis and if it was worth it. I'm worried that I would have less mobility and that I wouldn;t walk very well as the hip would need to be stabilized.

PFFD / CFD online chat August 11

Just a quick not to say that the next regularly scheduled PFFD / CFD / Congenital Limb Differences chat is Thursday August 11 at 8 PM EDT. A great opportunity to chat in real time with several very experienced pediatric limb lengthening surgeons. (We do all sorts of treatments, so no one is going to "push" lengthening, but it's a good way to get some basic information).

Limb Reconstruction in the UK?

I was wondering if there is anyone in the UK has had experience with the Nuffield Orthopaedic Hospital in Oxford? It looks quite good in terms of limb reconstruction and prosthetics for PFFD. I need to be transferred from Scotland down to England for specialist help. I'm wondering if it's the next best thing after Dr Paley, especially for those of us who can't afford the surgery in the USA.

Van Nes rotationplasty

I am new to this site and I do not have PFFD. However, I am going to have to choose my form of amputation due to a serious infection and I am looking into the Van Nes procedure. I know that it is generally used to treat PFFD, so here I am. I'm interested in any kind of information anyone can give me on it. I know what it is and how it works, but I am curious about the long term; complications, success stories, anything at all. I appreciate it.

PFFD Picnic, July 30, 2011 in Northern Kentucky

PFFD Picnic- Memorial Park

Location: Memorial Park
5409 Madison Pike
Independence, KY 41051


RSVP at: jcottengim@insightbb.com

For PFFD-Proximal Femoral Focal Deficiency


More Info PFFD Picnic in NKY
Date Saturday, July 30, 2011
Time 11:00 am – 6:00 pm EDT
5409 Madison Pike
Independence, Ky. 41051


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