Clubfoot: Orthopedic Treatment In Carrollton

by Administrator 23. November 2015 12:53

Clubfoot (Talipes Equinovarus) is a foot deformity that affects nearly 1 out of every 1000 children in the USA. In the condition, the foot twists inwards and the toes point outwards. The tissues that connect the foot muscles to the bone are shorter than usual. Clubfoot can affect one or both feet and is usually congenital. It is recommended that the condition should be treated soon after the birth to avoid permanent foot deformities.

Causes

Clubfoot is idiopathic that is often the cause is not known. The abnormality may result due to following reasons:

  • Drugs or smoking during pregnancy
  • Spinal deformities or neuromuscular diseases
  • Less amniotic fluid during pregnancy

Symptoms

  • Top of the foot is twisted downward and inward
  • Toes pointing downwards
  • Tightening of the Achilles tendon
  • Abnormal shape of the foot
  • Rigidity in the foot
  • Inability to move the feet
  • The calf muscles remain underdeveloped
  • Affected leg is shorter than the normal leg
  • Tightening of the Achilles tendon

Diagnosis

An orthopedic doctor may perform a physical examination to check for the symptoms. The shape and positioning of the infant’s feet may help the doctor to identify Clubfoot. He may also suggest X-ray and other imaging tests to confirm the disorder.

Treatment

Clubfoot can be corrected surgically soon after the birth. The procedure involves moving the foot to the correct position and immobilizing it with the help of a cast. It is easy to reshape the foot soon after the birth, so there should not be any delay in the treatment. The surgeon stretches and casts the foot after regular intervals to improve the condition.  Once the foot is in positioned, the child may have to wear special brace for a few months. If the Achilles tendon is tightened, the surgeon will release it surgically.

In case of bone deformity, the surgeon may perform osteotomy that involves cutting the bones and fusing them to stabilize them. The surgery is often done once the child is ten years old.
Physiotherapy is important as it can help in correcting the foot by simple manipulations and exercises.

For diagnosis and treatment of Clubfoot, consult Dr. Heier in Carrollton, TX. To schedule an appointment with the foot and ankle surgeon, you can call at (972) 492 – 1334 or visit 4780 N. Josey Lane, Carrollton, TX 75010.

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