Did you know that October is Dwarfism Awarness month? Every day, I’ll try to post some facts about dwarfism. I hope you all learn something new!
Fact: There are over 200 types of dwarfism. I’m a pseudoachondroplastic dwarf, which is a skeletal dysplasia that affects the formation of the skeleton. It is a short limb form of dwarfism.
“Other characteristic features of pseudoachondroplasia include short arms and legs; a waddling walk; joint pain in childhood that progresses to a joint disease known as osteoarthritis; an unusually large range of joint movement (hyperextensibility) in the hands, knees, and ankles; and a limited range of motion at the elbows and hips. Some people with pseudoachondroplasia have legs that turn outward or inward (valgus or varus deformity). Sometimes, one leg turns outward and the other inward, which is called windswept deformity. Some affected individuals have a spine that curves to the side (scoliosis) or an abnormally curved lower back (lordosis). People with pseudoachondroplasia have normal facial features, head size, and intelligence.” http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/pseudoachondroplasia