Information about Clubfoot
We Have to Know about the Clubfoot
- The range of foot abnormalities usually present at birth (congenital) in which a baby’s foot is twisted out of shape or position
Could be dangerous, if the answer is YES for any one of the following questions
Causes of Clubfoot
- In most cases, clubfoot twists the front of the foot downward and inward, increasing the arch and turning the heel inward. The foot may be turned so severely that it actually looks as if it’s upside-down.
- Also, the calf muscles in the affected leg are usually underdeveloped, and the affected foot may be up to 1 centimeter shorter than the other foot. Despite its look, clubfoot isn’t painful
Do’s and Don’ts of Clubfoot
Signs & Symptoms of Clubfoot
- Foot deformity, abnormal walking, callus, shortened legs
Medical advice for Clubfoot
Risk factors of Clubfoot
- Twice as likely to affect males as females
- Family history
Treatment for Clubfoot
- Stretching and casting (Ponseti method). This entails manipulating the foot into a correct position and casting it to maintain that position.
- Repositioning and recasting occur every few weeks for 3-6 months. After the shape of the foot is realigned, it’s maintained through stretching exercises, special shoes or splinting at night for up to 2 years.
- Surgery for severe cases- done when the infant is 9-12 months of age
Self-care for Clubfoot
- During pregnancy don’t be around smoky environments or use drugs not approved by your doctor
Investigations for Clubfoot
- Shape and position of the newborn foot