Some recent studies indicate that there may be a genetic link to the development of Perthes, but more research needs to be conducted. Symptoms One of the earliest signs of Perthes is a change in the way your child walks and runs. This is often most apparent during sports activities. Your child may limp, have limited motion, or develop a peculiar running style, all due to irritability within the hip joint. Other common symptoms include: Pain in the hip or groin, or in other parts of the leg, such as the thigh or knee called "referred pain. Pain that worsens with activity and is relieved with rest.
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