CLUB FOOT

BY ParisManagan

club foot

Clubfoot describes a range of foot abnormalities usually present at birth (congenital) in which your baby's foot is twisted out of shape or position. In clubfoot, the tissues connecting the muscles to the bone (tendons) are shorter than usual. The term "clubfoot" refers to the way the foot is positioned at a sharp angle to the ankle, like the head of a golf club. Clubfoot is a fairly common birth defect and is usually an isolated problem for an otherwise healthy newborn.

Clubfoot can be mild or severe. About half of children with clubfoot have it in both feet. If your child has clubfoot, it will make it hard for him or her to walk normally, so doctors generally recommend treating it soon after birth.

Doctors are usually able to treat clubfoot successfully, though sometimes children need follow-up surgery later on.

the cure fot club foot

cure

As medicine evolved, club feet were treated with a complex surgical release, which had many complications. Then a novel idea of serial casting, different from that introduced in the past (such as the Kite method) was introduced by Ponseti with dramatic results. His results were from recognizing how the forefoot and hindfoot interact and lock into position relative to each other. This type of treatment is generally used today for idiopathic cases of clubfoot, while treatment of neuromuscular causes (such as cerebral palsy) differ.

Clubfoot is treated with manipulation by podiatrists, physiotherapists, orthopedic surgeons, specialist Ponseti nurses, or orthotists by serial casting and then providing braces to hold the feet in a plantigrade position. After serial casting, bracing using a Denis Browne bar with straight last boots, ankle foot orthoses and/or custom foot orthoses (CFO) may be used. In North America, manipulation is followed by serial casting, most often by the Ponseti Method. Foot manipulations usually begin within two weeks of birth. Even with successful treatment, when only one side is affected, that foot may be smaller than the other, and often that calf, as well.