Club Foot: Diagnosis and Treatment

Club Foot, or congenital talipes equinovarus,  is a deformity of the foot present at birth. In appearance, it looks like the foot has been rotated inward at the ankle. About half of clubfoot deformities affect both feet. The term 'deformities' is simply taken from a long-standing medical reference.  Most babies can be successfully treated and go on to experience completely normal physical activities the rest of their lives.

The cause has yet to be clearly defined and experts can only deduce it may be a combination of genetic and /or environmental factors. Typically, the baby has no other problems.

Since clubfoot presents so obviously, parents and healthcare professionals alike are able to identify a treatment plan long before the baby is old enough to walk.

Treatment has changed in recent years; parents often learn their baby will be born with the condition as early as 20 weeks into the pregnancy and are better prepared for the regimen that lies ahead.

The latest techniques involve a series of casting, a simple procedure to release the heel tendon, then graduating to leg braces.

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Parents are to be congratulated on their diligence in the treatment of club feet; the results are excellent in most cases.

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This information is intended to provide knowledge and help families realize that clubfoot problems have a high level of successful outcomes.  The key is to get assistance as soon as possible and explore your options.