Limb Lengthening & Deformity Correction Program

At Johns Hopkins, our pediatric orthopaedic specialists offer high-quality care for children with common and rare limb deformities and limb differences. We treat children who were born with or later in life developed issues with the bones in the legs or arms, causing the limbs to be bowed, uneven or otherwise misshapen. Our team is skilled in advanced limb-lengthening and correction techniques to ensure your child receives the best care for their growing needs.

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U.S. patients: 443-997-2663
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Why Choose Johns Hopkins

Compassionate Care

Limb deformities can have life-long effects – we are here to ensure you and your child understand your options and feel confident in your decisions.

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Multi-Specialty Approach

Our program includes support from experts in psychology and physical therapy to provide well-rounded and age-appropriate care for each child.

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Innovative Treatments

From bracing and therapy to advanced orthopaedic surgical techniques, we make sure your child gets the right care at the right time.

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Conditions We Treat

We treat a wide range of hand, arm, leg and foot deformities in children, whether they were present from birth, occurred due to trauma or developed due to an underlying condition.

Our Treatment Approach

Consultation and Evaluation

When we meet with you and your child for the first time, we will review all the medical history, conduct a physical exam, talk to you about your child’s current symptoms and quality of life, and perform or order a few tests, such as range of motion or imaging studies.

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Depending on the type of deformity, surgery may be the best way to permanently correct it. Our surgeons are skilled in applying internal and external rods, plates and frames to help lengthen or straighten the affected limb.

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Nonsurgical Treatments

We take advantage of bracing, shoe lifts, casting as well as physical and occupational therapy in cases when a deformity can be corrected without surgery, or when surgery needs to wait as your child keeps growing.

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Monitoring and Follow-Up Care

Bones take a while to grow or straighten. During this time, your child may need physical therapy, psychological support, as well as instructions on how to care for any external frames. We provide you with all the resources you need and monitor your child’s progress to adjust the treatment plan accordingly.

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Our Experts

Erin Honcharuk, M.D.

Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon
Expertise: Hip dysplasia, joint instability, clubfoot, bone dysplasias and fractures.
Locations: Baltimore, Bethesda and Lutherville

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Karen Wille, P.A.-C.

Physician Assistant to Aaron Brandt, M.D. and Erin Honcharuk, M.D.
Specialty: Pediatric orthopaedics
Locations: Baltimore, Columbia and Lutherville

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Pediatric Orthopaedic Specialists

Our pediatric orthopaedic specialists diagnose and treat a variety of bone, joint, tendon, and ligament conditions that affect children of all ages. Our team includes renowned experts in pediatric sports injuries and spinal deformities such as scoliosis. 

Our Specialty Programs and Centers

  • Pediatric Physical Therapy

    Our team works closely with Johns Hopkins pediatric physical and occupational therapists to coordinate non-surgical treatments and post-surgery rehabilitation.

  • Johns Hopkins Children's Center

    The Johns Hopkins Children's Center (where we perform most pediatric surgeries) offers modern technologies and a healing environment to help you and your child feel informed and comfortable during treatments.

  • Psychological Services at Kennedy Krieger Institute

    We work closely with the team of pediatric psychologists at Kennedy Krieger Institute to help children and their families cope with the challenges of chronic and acute conditions.

Hear from Our Experts

Our team is here to answer your questions, offer support, and make you feel confident your child is receiving the best care.

Leg Length Inequality with Dr. Erin Honcharuk

Clubfoot in Children with Dr. Erin Honcharuk