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Understanding this condition
Club Foot is sometimes confused with other congenital foot defects, such as Calcaneovalgus and Metatarsus adductus. These deformities are caused by the position of the foot in the womb and are usually corrected with minimal intervention. True clubfoot affects all the joints, tendons and ligaments in the foot and is often referred to as Congenital Talipes EquinoVarus. Another form of clubfoot is Congenital Vertical Talus, this is not as common as true clubfoot, the foot appears more rigid then a true club foot deformity. In most cases, clubfoot is idiopathic, which means that the cause is unknown and there is no genetic tendency. However it is associated with Spina Bifida and Hip Dysplasia.
- High arched foot that may have a crease across the sole of the foot.
- The heel is drawn up.
- The toes are pointed down.
- The bottom of the foot (heel) is pointed away from the body. Thus, the foot is twisted in towards the other foot (please refer to photograph below)
The above photograph is of a Clubfoot deformity in a child of six months.
The above photograph is of a Clubfoot deformity in a new born child.
- The foot and leg may be smaller in comparison to a comparatively normal child.
- The foot will lack motion and be noticeably stiff.
- The calf muscle may also be smaller.