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I have a structural deformity of my legs, which no one seems to understand. What to do?

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Answered by

Dr. Ashok Kumar

Medically reviewed by

Dr. Preetha. J

Published At September 15, 2020
Reviewed AtSeptember 15, 2020

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I have a structural deformity that no one seems to understand. I feel very self-conscious about this, and it is clear that something is wrong with my legs.

Answered by Dr. Ashok Kumar


Welcome to icliniq.com.

Thanks for posting a query.

From your description, it appears that you are very much concerned about your leg deformity that others do not pay any attention to. First of all, I would like to tell you that the deformity is quite possible as it is caused by various conditions ranging from rheumatological to neurological disorders. To get it confirmed, meet a doctor who is an expert in finding deformity like an orthopedician, rheumatologist, neurologist, etc. If you already consulted all these specialists and none of them found anything abnormal after detailed evaluation and investigations, then something might be strange with your mind. One such disorder where the individuals suffer, although others do not know by their story, is known as dysmorphophobia. Other conditions might be responsible for your perceived sense of deformity. If your family members are also of the same opinion along with doctors, I suggest you have an online consultation to determine the real or perceived abnormality. I look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible. Thanks.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Ashok Kumar
Dr. Ashok Kumar


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