Clubfoot is a congenital condition at birth that causes a baby’s foot to turn inward or downward. It can be troublesome to some babies or become a severe problem since it stems from the tendons of a baby’s leg muscles being too short. Clubfoot is, unfortunately, a common birth defect when compared to other congenital disabilities. It may not be painful but will cause many problems for the child’s ability to walk normally for the foreseeable future. Failure to obtain treatment will lead to an ongoing deformity that can lead to many impediments for a child’s ability to walk or run normally. Clubfoot causes the toes of a child’s foot to point toward the opposite foot and the calf muscle on the leg of the clubfoot may be slightly smaller. It may be due to a genetic trait since those who have this deformity running in the family may have a higher chance of incurring it at birth.
Moreover, some babies may develop clubfoot if their mothers smoked or used drugs while they were pregnant. Additionally, low amniotic fluid can lead to a higher rate of clubfoot since it’s the fluid that encompasses a baby while in the womb. Clubfoot is not something that should be taken lightly, and inaction could produce long-term difficulties for your child that can be avoided with the right form of treatment.
Treatment for this condition includes:
Surgical intervention may be required to correct your child’s clubfoot.
Attempting to bend the foot back into place through manipulation may be attempted depending on the severity of the baby’s clubfoot.
Here at Performance Foot & Ankle Specialists, LLC, our podiatrist, Joel S. Segalman, DPM, understands the seriousness of congenital disabilities and the complications that clubfoot can have on your child’s future mobility. Please contact us to make an appointment as we have two offices conveniently located in Waterbury & Newtown, CT. We want to help all of our patients overcome the stigma of foot deformities and believe that our treatment plan can assist your child with overcoming the perils of clubfoot.