The condition known as clubfoot is a common congenital deformity affecting nearly 1 in 1000 kids and is characterized by an inward turning of the ankle so that the soles of one or both feet are facing inward. If the condition worsens and is left uncorrected, it can cause major future problems with ambulation.
In many cases, with early detection and treatment, clubfoot can be completely corrected and the child will experience no ill effects and will be able to participate in regular activities.
Clubfoot can either be an isolated condition that is independent of other problems, or there may be other health factors like neuromuscular difficulties, that create a more complicated scenario.
Treatments for clubfoot include:
The Ponseti method—This treatment consists of a combination of manipulation and stretching exercises that involve the use of casting to gradually redirect the growth of the foot over many months.
Surgical repair and bracing—After the casting procedure is completed, a small surgical incision will modify the tightened heel cord, and braces will be utilized for the remainder of the healing process to prevent a recurrence.
If you notice that your child’s feet are pointing in an unusual manner, contact your podiatrist for a consultation. In the vast majority of instances, the flexibility of young bones and other tissues makes the Ponseti method very effective. If these conservative treatments of manipulation, stretching, and casting do not provide the necessary correction, a surgical procedure may be required to realign the bones, ligaments, and other tendons and tissues.
If your child is showing symptoms of clubfoot, be sure to schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN for a proper evaluation and recommendation for treatment. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha is committed to helping your child maintain healthy feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!