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What is the treatment for club feet?

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Dr. Roy Benaroch
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Usually surgery: True club feet is usually treated with surgery. There's also a system of using casts, that's less-well established as therapy but in some centers it's used. Your child needs to be eval'ed by a pediatric orthopedist with specific expertise in this area.
Dr. Brent Rubin
Dr. Brent Rubin commented
Podiatry 41 years experience
Many clubfeet can be treated by the Ponsetti method of agressive casting and is some cases a lengthening of the Achilles tendon. Followup with a pediatric orthopedist or a podiatrist who treats pediatric cases
Aug 13, 2013
Dr. Bert Mandelbaum
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Serial casting: Clubfoot is usually managed conservatively (non-surgically). The typical treatment is a casting or splinting regimen, starting a few days after birth. Most typically, the casting is performed and managed by a pediatric orthopedist. Occasionally, club foot does not respond well to non-surgical casting and surgery is necessary.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Orthopedic exam and: A baby born with club feet is evaluated while in the hospital of birth, or shortly after going home. The pediatric orthopedic doctor is the specialist who will take care of such foot deformities. X-rays, casting, splinting, and/or surgery may be needed.
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 36 years experience
Never too late...: But the sooner the better. See a podiatrist who specializes in children's problems and get started right away! many famous people including some professional athletes have had successful careers after early club foot surgical correction.
Dr. Fred Birnbaum
Podiatry 43 years experience
Depends how bad: A club foot is a severe congenital deformity. Sometimes it can be treated with manipulation and casting and other times with surgery. Early diagnosis and aggressive treatment usually wil have the best results.
Dr. Arnold Zuckman
Podiatry 42 years experience
Usually surgery: There may be some serial casts applied to try to reduce the deformity but a true club foot has best long term results with surgery.
Dr. Matthew Wilkin
Podiatry 24 years experience
Start to treat early: Make sure you see a pediatric orthopedist or a podiatrist who have treated this before. Early manipulation and serial casting and braces may work. However, you may need surgical correction.
Dr. Grace Torres-hodges
Podiatry 23 years experience
Early intervention: See a podiatrist or foot/ankle pediatric orthopedist. Serial casting is typically a treatment regimen started after the foot is carefully examined. The sooner this is done the better.
Dr. Thomas Inwood
Podiatry 35 years experience
Club foot: Casting/splinting is the usual first step , but surgery is also sometimes needed. See your podiatrist for help. Good luck.
Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
Podiatry 38 years experience
Serial: Casting when child is young will realign most but not all club feet.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
Serial casting: which may necessitate some surgical procedures as well like a possible percutaeous achilles tendon lengthening. Best t see a specialist who specializes in this.
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 42 years experience
Casting: It depends upon patient's age. This is usually recognized at birth, which is the best time for casting. Adults would need bracing or surgery. Regards, Dr. Latva

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