In clubfoot, the foot appears twisted and can even look as if it's upside down. Despite its appearance, clubfoot itself doesn't cause any discomfort or pain.
What causes clubfoot?
The cause of clubfoot is unknown. Babies with clubfoot are usually otherwise healthy.
Statistics for Clubfoot
About 1 in 1,000 babies is born with clubfoot in the United States each year.
Characteristics & Symptoms
foot deformity, abnormality walking, callus, knock knees, or shortened legs
The Detection is Clubfoot
Club foot deformity can usually be identified on prenatal ultrasound exam. Some subtle cases may be missed on ultrasound but are easily diagnosed after birth. Once the condition has been detected, a targeted ultrasound will be performed to rule out the presence of associated anomalies.
When is the birth defect defected?
THis birth defect can be DEFECTED before birth. If during the ultrasound the SYMPTOMS occur, obviously it's defected after birth.
Treatment consists of devices Treatment consists of devices Treatment consists of devices TREATMENT is usually successful. It includes stretching and casting. (poinsettia method) or stretching and taping (french method). Sometimes surgery is needed.
Long-term outcome studies have shown excellent results. The one remaining obstacle left to overcome using the Ponseti approach is the problem of relapse, which may occur in approximately 40% of patients.