Clubfoot is a fairly common condition that affects children’s feet. It is characterized by the inward rotating of the ankle joints, causing the bottom of the feet to face each other. The condition can also affect only one foot. Clubfoot can progress to a chronic condition with multiple effects on foot and leg development when left untreated, so be sure to have any abnormal foot development checked by your foot doctor.
Clubfoot Can Either Be Isolated or Non-isolated
Isolated—When no other contributing health issues are involved, the condition is referred to as being isolated clubfoot.
Non-isolated—When concomitant neuromuscular or other disorders are evident, the condition is referred to as being non-isolated and the treatment becomes more complicated.
The Ponseti Method for Treating Clubfoot Consists of the Following:
When the condition is diagnosed in the early stages while the bones of the feet are still flexible, the Ponseti method is the preferred protocol. This method involves a variety of physical manipulation, stretching and casting over many months to slowly direct the foot into the correct shape. When the final cast is removed, a small incision in the heel cord will be made to release the pressure. Rigid braces or boot may be required for some time after the cord procedure.
In cases where the condition of clubfoot went untreated for too long, it may be necessary for a surgical procedure to correctly align the bones and soft tissue.
If your child is showing signs of clubfoot, see your foot doctor for the proper care. 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.