The condition called clubfoot is a congenital deformity that occurs in nearly one out of every one thousand children. The condition is characterized by an inward turning of the ankle so that the bottom of one, or sometimes both feet are facing inwards. The condition can become chronic in later years if left uncorrected.
In the vast majority of cases, clubfoot can be completely corrected and the child will experience no long term ill effects.
2 treatments for clubfoot include the following:
- The Ponseti method. This involves a combination of manipulation and stretching exercises using casting to gradually redirect the growth of the foot over a period of many months. This procedure works well because children’s bones and other tissues are still very flexible and easily redirected.
- Heel cord release and bracing. After the lengthy casting and manipulation procedure is completed, a small incision will be required to release the tightened heel cord. Braces are often required for some time to hold the foot in place and to prevent a recurrence.
If these methods of manipulation, stretching and casting do not provide the necessary outcome, surgery will be necessary to realign the bones, ligaments and tendons.
If your child is showing symptoms of clubfoot, be sure to schedule an appointment with your foot doctor for the proper treatment. At Family Foot & Ankle Clinic, Dr. Stephen Markantone treats a wide variety of foot and ankle conditions including sports injuries, diabetic foot issues, pediatric foot conditions, toe and foot deformities, fungal infections, and heel problems. Equipped with the most advanced technologies and a dedicated staff, Family Foot & Ankle Clinic provides individualized and high-quality care for patients in the North Versailles and Delmont, PA areas. Contact our North Versailles office at 412-824-9370 or our Delmont office at 724-733-3338 to schedule an appointment.