There are 200,000 children born each year with clubfoot - but many are unfamiliar with the name. Below are some facts about clubfoot that you may not have heard before!
80% of children with clubfoot are born in low and middle income countries.
Clubfoot is a complex, congenital deformity of the foot also known as congenital talipes equinovarus caused by abnormal development of baby’s bones, ligaments, and muscles while in the womb.
Clubfoot can occur in either one or both feet. The exact causes of clubfoot are unknown. Without treatment, the clubfoot deformity causes a lifetime of disability as the affected individual experiences pain and difficulty in walking.
The treatment technique with the most evidence supporting its effectiveness and best success rate is the Ponseti method. The Ponseti technique has two phases:
- Phase 1: Achieve correction of deformity (manipulation, casting, tenotomy).
- Phase 2: Maintain correction (using Foot Abduction Braces)
Children start by wearing the brace 23 hours during the day and then transition to wearing braces while sleeping.
If you have any questions about clubfoot, please don’t hesitate to contact a PT at Jones Therapy Services! We would love to answer any questions that you have, or set up an evaluation.
For some additional information check out the Global Clubfoot Initiate webpage.