Does your son or daughter have clubfoot?
Do you want to know how to correct this problem?
The terms Clubfoot and Congenital talipes equinovarus (CTEV) have the same meaning. Surprisingly, this deformity has been documented for over 3000 years! This condition is more prominent in children of the Middle Eastern, South African black and Mexican descents more than the Caucasian race. It is considered to be the most common pathological congestion foot deformity, and it may shock you to know that 1 to 3 out of every 1000 live births involve children that suffer from clubfoot.
2.) Components of Clubfoot, Translated into English!
A.) Pes Cavus: This means a high-arched foot.
B.) Forefoot Adductus: When the forefoot bends toward midline more than normal.
C.) Hindfoot Varus: When the heel is tucked inward as if the ankle is rolling toward the outside.
D.) Ankle Equinus: This is when the foot points downward.
After combining these descriptions together, one by one, you will have a firm mental image of what the foot is doing.
3.) Causes of Clubfoot
Clubfoot develops in-utero (in the uterus) and is broadly classified into 2 categories:
A.) Idiopathic: An unknown cause.
B.) Teratologic: Means non-idiopathic and also being tied into another systemic pathology. This form of clubfoot is usually more rigid and resistant to treatment. – Poliomyelitis, CP (cerebral palsy) Meningitis, Volkman's paralysis, Spina bifida and arthrogryposis are all conditions that can help initiate a clubfoot deformity.
4.) Orthotic Management of Clubfoot
Over the years, it has been discovered that clubfoot is actually treated better with conservative measures, than it has with surgery. Many individuals with surgery for their clubfoot often have secondary results that have plagued them in their older years. Today a series of casts (serial casting) can gradually help to reduce the deformity that is present and once the correct alignment of the foot has been achieved, then a brace can be applied to secure the corrected position of the patient's feet. – It is important to speak with your local, licensed orthotist when it comes to clubfoot and serial casting or braces to help your child. They can make a lasting difference in the life of your son or daughter.
Note: This is good health information. However, it is important to speak with your local, licensed orthotist when it comes to getting medical advice on how your son or daughter should be treated for this condition.