Clubfoot (also called “club foot”) is a congenital birth defect in which a baby’s foot is twisted or out of position. A clubbed foot points downward and curls inward. Clubfoot can involve one foot or both feet. When both feet are affected, the deformity is called bilateral clubfoot.
The primary problem of a clubfoot is that it prevents a child from walking normally on the bottom of the foot. While the condition itself is not painful, it is not possible to walk on the sole of a clubfoot. A toddler with clubfoot will begin to walk on the side of the foot or ankle.
The medical term for clubfoot is Congenital Talipes Equinovarus (CTEV). “Congenital” means present at birth. “Talipes” is a combination of the Latin words talus (ankle) and pes (foot). Equino- describes the elevation of the heel (like a horse’s) and “-varus” means that the foot is turned inward and points down. Clubfoot toddlers with untreated CTEV will begin to walk on their ankles, not the bottom of their feet. The term Congenital Talipes Equinovarus refers to the appearance of walking on ankles associated with clubfoot birth defects.
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Symptoms of Clubfoot
Symptoms of clubfoot usually are noticeable at birth and the diagnosis is made by the doctor shortly after the infant is born. One or both feet may be affected. A clubfoot foot points down and twists inward. It also is difficult to place in the correct position. The clubbed foot may be shorter than normal and the calf muscle may be underdeveloped, abnormally small.
While symptoms of clubfoot may be identified on physical examination, X-rays also may be taken.
Treatment of Clubfoot
The treatment of clubfoot depends on the nature and severity of the birth defect. The goal of treatment is to move the foot into the correct position (and to get it to stay there). To prevent long-term disability, correction of clubfoot must be accomplished before a child learns to walk. Treatment of clubfoot usually begins shortly after birth, when the foot is most flexible and easily manipulated.
Treatment options for clubfoot include the following:
Stretching and casting (Ponseti method). This treatment involves moving the foot into the correct position and using a cast to keep it in place. Repositioning and recasting is performed weekly for several weeks. Once the foot is put into place, it is kept in the proper position through stretching exercises, special shoes, or splinting with a spacial brace. The brace is worn full time for 3 months, then at night and during naps for up to three (3) years.
Stretching and taping (French method). This method involves two months of daily manipulation of the foot into proper position followed by taping to maintain the foot’s position until the next day. Treatments are reduced to three times weekly until the infant is 6 months old. Daily exercises also are performed and night splints used until the baby begins walking. The treatment method is very time consuming and requires significant parental commitment. It often is combined with stretching and casting.
Surgery. In severe cases of clubfoot, when other treatments do not work or the problem returns, surgery to repair clubfoot may be required. Often, a simple outpatient surgical procedure may be performed to release a tightened Achilles tendon in the heel. Sometimes, orthopedic surgery is needed to lengthen tendons and help put the foot into a proper position. A foot brace will need to be worn for about a year after the surgery to prevent the return of the deformity.
Treatment of clubfoot usually is successful in repairing the deformity to where the the child’s foot becomes relatively normal both in appearance and function.
Zoloft Clubfoot Lawsuit
The use of the SSRI antidepressant drug Zoloft during pregnancy has been linked to an increased risk of clubfoot birth defects.
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