What is an Acquired Deformity?

An acquired deformity is a change in the normal shape or size of a body part. These kinds of deformities usually happen gradually over longer periods of time. Any bone of the body can be affected, as an acquired deformity can be a result of an injury, infection, arthritis, illness, or tumor. It often affects only one side of the body but can also be bilateral. The conditions may be seen in babies, children and adolescent, or adulthood and are not congenital (ie not present at birth).


Deformity can be acquired in several ways. For example, it can be due to benign tumors of the bone in patients, for example, with patients who have multiple hereditary exostosis. It can also be a result of injury to the growth plates during development or can occur due to injury causing fracture of the long bones, that do not properly heal (malunion or non-union of the fracture). Partial or complete growth arrest from various infection such as sepsis or osteomyelitis can also cause abnormal development of the bones.


  • Imbalance in limb lengths
  • Pain in joints due to limping
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Loss of function of the affected body part
  • Sometimes a visual deformity can be seen


Understanding the underlying causes and properly diagnosing your condition is the first step to treatment. We then provide a holistic approach to helping patients and their families through their surgical journey. Properly supporting you and/or your child, while educating you on the details helps us ensure the most successful outcomes possible. Our hands on, team approach makes patients feel supported throughout the whole treatment process.

To learn more about your condition and receive a diagnosis, schedule a virtual consultation with one of our experienced orthopedic doctors. During this consultation, all your questions will be answered as our specialists guide you through the evaluation process.



Acute Deformity Correction


Gradual Deformity Correction with External Fixation


Gradual Deformity Correction with Internal Fixation

Case studies

46 year old man with deformity of the foot and ankle with charcot
28 year old man with growth arrest of the bone


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Highly specialized expert care at CLLC

At the Canadian Limb Lengthening Centre we offer complex deformity correction and limb lengthening surgeries performed by experienced surgeons with the most up to date technologies. When it comes to your care, and treatment of deformity and limb length discrepancy, our surgeons have extensive training and experience.