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Babies With Clubfoot

Does your Newborn Baby Suffer from Clubfoot?

1 out of every 1,000 babies born has clubfoot. Twice as many boys are affected than girls. In half of the babies with clubfoot, both feet are affected.

If your newborn baby has clubfoot, his or her foot is likely pointed downward and rotated inward. There is no way to prevent clubfoot, as it is genetic (passed down via genes). In other words, if someone in your family tree has had clubfoot, then your baby is more likely to have it.

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While clubfoot doesn’t cause a newborn baby any pain, it will cause serious problems as your child grows. It will dramatically affect your child’s walk because he or she will not be able to put their clubfoot flat on the floor. Without treatment, clubfoot will not straighten itself out. Babies do not grow out of clubfoot.

If your baby does not have its clubfoot corrected, then the leg with clubfoot may be shorter than the other. As he or she grows older, wearing shoes that fit will be impossible and normal play with other kids will be very difficult.

Only about ten percent of children born with clubfoot may also have other complications, such as spina bifida. So it’s important to have your newborn baby checked and screened for any other conditions.

The good news is with early treatment most children born with clubfoot are able to lead a normal life. Clubfoot should be corrected as soon as possible after birth while the baby’s bones are still soft and forming.

The best treatment for babies with clubfoot is the Ponseti method, which should begin shortly after birth, when your baby’s bones and the tendons are more flexible. The Ponseti method will not harm your baby, but is rather a gradual correction of your newborn’s clubfoot.

During each doctor’s visit, your baby’s clubfoot will be gently moved a little bit towards where it should be and then placed in a tiny thin cast. When your baby returns for the next visit, that cast is removed their clubfoot is gently moved again and placed in another cast. The cast is changed every five to seven days. This routine continues for five or six appointments.

After the last cast is removed, your baby’s Achilles tendon will likely be cut, but your child will not feel any pain. This allows the tendon to grow back correctly. Finally, your baby will be given a special shoe/brace to wear for some time to hold his or her feet in their corrected position.

With modern medical technology, there is no reason why any child should suffer with clubfoot. If your newborn has clubfoot or you suspect that he or she may have this condition, please call (818) 408-2800 or (626) 447-2184 to make an appointment today.
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