Clubfoot is described as an inherited foot deformity affecting the shape or position of one or both feet. Clubfoot is one of the most common leg disorders children are born with. Clubfoot is described as an inherited foot deformity affecting the shape or position of one or both feet. It is also called as talipes or congenital talipes equinovarus (CTEV). Clubfoot is a foot abnormality in which the foot is twisted inward with the toes pointing downwards. The foot affected due to clubfoot looks like the end of a golf stick and hence the name.
How Does Clubfoot Condition Occur?
- Deformity of the tendons and ligaments of the foot which causes an abnormal structure and position of the foot.
- Unusual bones or Bone deformity in terms of shape, size, or position result in clubfoot.
- A mother smoking during pregnancy.
- Irregular positioning of the baby during pregnancy inside the uterus. But this is not usually considered a ‘true’ cause for club foot.
- Spinal abnormalitieslike spina bifida or other neuromuscular diseases.
Pediatric orthopedists usually treat clubfoot condition through 3 methods - Ponseti casting method, French functional (physical therapy) method and surgical correction
A newbornhaving clubfoot is first treated with a cast to stretch the foot into a more normal position.
- A new cast will be placed every week so the foot can be stretched into position.
- Cast changes continue for about 2 months. After casting, the child wears a brace for several years.
Clubfoot repair surgery may be required if:
- The cast or other treatments do not fully correct the problem.
- Reoccurrence of clubfoot condition.
Older children or adults may require a surgery if:
- A clubfoot condition was never treated before.
- They are still suffering from foot problems after treatment.
Risks associated with Corrective measures to Treat Clubfoot are
- Breathing difficulty
- Anesthesia reactions
- Medication reactions
- Damage to foot nerves
- Foot swelling
- Difficulties with blood flow to the foot
- Wound healing complications
After recovering from clubfoot surgery, your child's foot will seem to be in a much better position. Your child will be able to walk normally, be active, and will also be able to play sports easily. But you need to know that the foot operated may be stiffer than the other foot that has not been operated. In most clubfoot surgery cases, the child's foot and calf affected by clubfoot will be smaller than the other leg for the rest of the child's life. Children undergoing clubfoot surgery may require another surgery later in life.
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