This rigid, fiberglass cast covers both legs from the hips to the ankles and has a bar connecting the legs, keeping them spread apart in the shape of the letter “A.” The cast can be taken off temporarily for physical therapy. A child with Perthes disease typically wears the cast full time for up to six months.How is Perthes disease treated at the Cleveland Clinic?
Bone in the “ball” (femur head) part of the “ball and socket” hip joint dies from lack of blood supply. When the blood supply returns, a new femoral head forms. Treatments include time/observation, drugs, physical therapy, casting and surgery. Most children return to normal activities without limitations. What is Perthes Disease?What are the symptoms of Legg Calve Perthes disease?
Legg-Calve-Perthes (LEG-kahl-VAY-PER-tuz) disease is a childhood condition that occurs when blood supply to the ball part (femoral head) of the hip joint is temporarily interrupted and the bone begins to die. This weakened bone gradually breaks apart and can lose its round shape.