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JJ McClure
03-02-2009, 03:57 PM
or chronic fatigue syndrome?

It was suggested to me today there may well be a link, but I cannot find much online so far...

WNCmom
03-02-2009, 06:54 PM
My 13yo son who was fused in November has very tight hamstrings (which he worked on lengthening before surgery). No flat feet or chronic fatigue, though.

txmarinemom
03-02-2009, 07:53 PM
My 13yo son who was fused in November has very tight hamstrings (which he worked on lengthening before surgery).

Tight hamstrings after fusion - especially lower fusions - are common and something the patient really needs to keep working on: When your hamstrings get tight, your lumbar area does too - and you're more likely to have pain.

WNCMom, is he allowed to do anything yet to address it?

Regards,
Pam

WNCmom
03-02-2009, 08:08 PM
Not yet, Pam. Full bending isn't allowed for another three months--only to 45 degrees at the moment. He is doing a lot of hiking--up to 4 miles a day, but that's most of his exercise. Rest assured he will be stretching as soon as it's allowed.

Mary Ellen

bas2101
03-03-2009, 05:26 AM
My daughter also has extremely tight hamstrings and very flat feet-worse on
the side of her curve. Just about every parent I have spoken with whose child has scoliosis, has mentioned their child also has flat feet, and additionally, joint hypermobility. I agree that there could be a link.

Snoopy
03-03-2009, 05:46 AM
My daughter too has flat feet and very tight hamstrings. My daughter has had tight hamstrings for as long as I can remember. She was probably 8 or 9 y.o. when our family doctor recommended stretches for the hamstrings. She did do p.t. before and after surgery to address the issue as well.

Mary Lou

pmsmom
03-03-2009, 05:55 AM
Checking in here--dd w/flat feet, but high arches.

Not sure about the hamstrings.

Marian

jillw
03-03-2009, 07:49 AM
pmsmom, when you say flat feet but high arches does that mean if she isn't putting weight on her feet she has high arches but when she is standing the arch flattens out?

scoliboymom
03-03-2009, 08:31 AM
Patrick too has very tight hamstrings, even before surgery. So does my daughter(19) who is very athletic but no scoliosis.
Ramona

laurieg6
03-04-2009, 12:50 AM
My son, Alexander, is very tight and inflexible everywhere, especially his legs. His physical therapist gave him a nightly stretching program to do and it's helping. He stretches every night now and I guess he feels like it helps because he does it on his own, without me having to say anything. I'm not sure about his feet and he definitely doesn't have chronic fatigue syndrome.

txmarinemom
03-04-2009, 01:03 AM
My daughter also has extremely tight hamstrings and very flat feet-worse on the side of her curve. Just about every parent I have spoken with whose child has scoliosis, has mentioned their child also has flat feet, and additionally, joint hypermobility. I agree that there could be a link.

I was dx'd at 10 - and no connection for me. Definitely not flat-footed, and can still (after fusion) do the splits.

pmsmom
03-04-2009, 05:21 AM
pmsmom, when you say flat feet but high arches does that mean if she isn't putting weight on her feet she has high arches but when she is standing the arch flattens out?

Yes. She also was diagnosed several years ago w/fusions in the 3rd metatarsals in both feet. So she's been wearing orthotics in her shoes for about 5 years or so.