Clubfoot is a common birth defect that affects the shape and positioning of a baby’s feet. It occurs in about 1 in every 1,000 births.
Clubfoot can be diagnosed during pregnancy with ultrasound, or after birth by a doctor. The cause of clubfoot is not fully understood, but it is believed to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors.
Clubfoot can be treated with a method called the Ponseti method, which involves gently manipulating and casting the foot to gradually correct its position.
The Ponseti method has a high success rate and is recommended by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons as the preferred treatment for clubfoot. In some cases, surgery may be necessary if the Ponseti method is not successful or if the clubfoot is particularly severe.
It is important to begin treatment for clubfoot as soon as possible, ideally within the first few weeks of life, in order to achieve the best results.
With proper treatment, most children with clubfoot are able to walk and run normally and have a good quality of life. Parents can help their child by following the treatment plan closely, bracing plan as per the doctor’s advice, attending all appointments, and providing emotional support throughout the process.
It is important to remember that clubfoot is a treatable condition, and with the right care and support, children with clubfoot can lead completely happy, healthy lives.