- Clubfoot is a rare congenital defect that occurs in about 1 in 1000 births. In this episode we discuss treatment and how clubfoot can have affects across the lifespan.
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Brief overview of the episode:
Clubfoot is a rare, affects 1 in 1000 births, defect with no known specific cause. What is known is that children can develop this while in utero or shortly following birth. Presentation is of a severely inward turning of the foot. This can be so significant that the foot is turned upwards.
With clubfoot the tendons of the Achilles and inverts of the foot are shorter than they should be. In most cases this can be treated with a combination of stretching, taping, bracing, splinting, casting and in 90% of cases some kind of surgery.
Surgery is most commonly a procedure called a tenotomy. During this procedure a small cut is made in the Achilles followed by a case or splint to allow the tendon to stretch.
Treatment for clubfoot is best done early and often with a baby. There can unfortunately be cases that go untreated or undertreated and result in more significantly structural changes that can only be correct with extension surgery later on in life. Unlike many orthopedic injuries clubfoot affects babies and as a result it becomes a family process to address the aforementioned issues.