What Is Clubfoot?
- Most common deformity of the musculoskeletal system in newborns
- Occurs in about 1 in 1000 live births
- Treatment should begin early, and can begin as early as the first few weeks of life
Cause: Unknown, likely genetic
Diagnosis is typically made during pregnancy on ultrasound or immediately after delivery.
- If clubfoot is found on prenatal ultrasound, call for a prenatal consult!
- We can go over the entire treatment process prior to the baby’s arrival to help ease concerns and answer any and all questions.
Goals of Treatment
Have a normal looking foot with normal function. When treated appropriately children are able to fully function and participate in any activities they want.
Sequence of Treatment
- Serial casting
- Achilles tendon tenotomy
- Foot abduction bracing
- Weekly serial stretch casts
- On average it takes 6-8 weeks/casts
- Casting material is either Soft Roll or Plaster – ask your provider which option is best for you and your family
A small in-office procedure called an Achilles’ tendon tenotomy followed by foot abduction orthosis bracing.
For more information, please call our office for a consultation today.