Clubfoot is a congenital anomaly that is characterized by an inward turning of the feet and ankles that affects nearly one in a thousand young kids. When it affects both feet, they can turn to the point that they are facing each other,but often just one foot is involved.
The condition of clubfoot can become problematic if it is not identified and treated by your foot doctor. Untreated clubfoot can lead to severe complications with walking and movement as the child continues to grow.
A Clubfoot occurs in two different situations: isolated and non-isolated. Isolated clubfoot is the term used when there are no other mitigating circumstances or health conditions. Non-isolated clubfoot is more difficult to treat and may happen concurrently with a neuromuscular disease.
3 treatments for clubfoot include the following:
- The Ponseti system—Using a combination of manual manipulation, stretching exercises and casting the Ponseti method consists of gradually manipulating the foot into the correct position over a period of months.
- Supporting boots and braces—After the cast comes off, a specially fabricated brace and supporting boot will be needed to keep the foot in the proper position until the bones of the foot have grown further and alleviated the condition.
- Surgery may be required—Early detection of clubfoot is essential. If the condition is not noticed early enough, surgery may be needed to straighten out the bones of the foot. The foot surgeon will realign the bones, ligaments, and tendons. Recovery will take some time, and physical therapy exercises will be needed after the initial healing process is over.
If your child is showing signs of clubfoot, see your foot doctor for the proper care. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!