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Club Foot In Children
Foot deformed : Congenital deformity of one or both feet. Occurs proximately 1/1000 births. Foot is in varying degrees of internal bending such that looks like the child would have to walk on the outside of their ankle if untreated. Treated with casting, manipulation, braces and in some cases surgery. ...Read more
Not: Likely. It is very difficult to get disability when one can be employed. ...Read more
Untreated clubfoot: A person with untreated clubfoot would have a tremendous disability. Difficulty with running, walking, playing sports to name a few. The position of their foot/feet may even predispose them to chronic wounds that develop due to pressure. When a baby is born with clubfoot, there is a simple method of serial casting that can correct the deformity called the ponseti method. ...Read more
Variable: Depending on the degree and treatment of the malformation long-term outcomes for children with club foot are variable. For most who are treated early in life with appropriate measures the prognosis is very good and approaches that of non-affected peers. Some children will have long-term balance or pain issues after treatment, but most do very well. ...Read more
Good results: The Ponseti method is used for infants and young children is one of the best ways to treat mild and moderate cases. Severe cases often need surgery but casting is usually tried first. It consists of the leg and foot being casted over several weeks to slowly straighten the foot and usually has very good results. Not all foot specialists are trained in this method so ask when calling for an appt ...Read more
About 3% risk: The classical talopes equinovarus deformity is sporadic in the population eith a risk of about 1/1000 in the general population and 3% for subsequent siblings. Involved individuals have a 30% risk of having offspring with the deformity. ...Read more
I am 35male and was never treated for club foot as a child. What should I do now? I never knew what was wrong with me until now!
Hi, my sisters son has club foot nd he is not gainning any weight we weighs at 28 pounds 1 yrs old, he eats a lot what could this be any answers?
Confusing question: A club foot has nothing to do with weight gain. At 28 lb and a year of age the kid is considered in the top 1% of weight for age. If he weighed less than 9 lb at birth and is now less than 31 in long I would consider him overweight. You need to formulate a more specific question. ...Read more
Multiple factors: Congenital club foot ccf can occur as an isolated event or as part of a syndrome. Current thinking includes the influence of an autosomal dominent gene which is expressed ~33%, making it possible to skip generations without an affected carrier. Incidence 11/10000 (iowa)m>f, increased if mother smokes in pregnancy. See http://www.Omim. Org/entry/119800. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
I call a pedi ortho: The typical clubfoot may respond to a series of casts applied starting soon after birth to reshape the ankle & foot. The casts are removed & reapplied over days & weeks to bring the bones into better alignment.If the casts don't bring things into position surgery may be required. Often you can find this specialized service at one of the shrine hospitals. ...Read more
Is club foot hereditary? I have a 6mth old and I'm scared she will have what I have now... How do I tell is she has that?
I have had 2 surgeries to fix my club foot when I was born in 1985, but not it is giving me a lot of trouble. What can I do?
See a doc : Orthopedist or podiatrist with experience with treating this specific disorder,. ...Read more
Get examined: A club foot is a structural deformity which needs to be evaluated properly before recommending any shoe. Depending on flexibility in the foot will dictate what type of shoe and probably, orthotic would be needed. Surgery may even be an option, but proper evaluation is needed. Go see a podiatrist. ...Read more
Can be big or small: There is not a "clubfoot operation". There are a variety of procedures used on clubfeet. A tenotomy involves cutting the Achilles tendon completely and allows the ankle to flex more. It is a common part of the ponseti method used in infants. More extensive soft tissue releases, tendon transfers, osteotomies and fusions may be used for "atypical", recurrent or long-standing deformities. ...Read more
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