Clubfoot in Babies


Why a child is sometimes born with clubfoot, and as it threatens? How to find this feature in the growth, and most importantly, correct? To answer questions - in our medical substance.

What is clubfoot

Clubfoot - a basic term used to refer to different provisions of a wrong foot. It may show a following signs, expressed in varying degrees:

foot (particularly a heel) less than normal in sizing,

toe of a foot downward,

dorsum of the foot to the side, a other foot,

full turn of foot inside (in severe cases), the sole facing up.

Most types of clubfoot appear at birth (congenital clubfoot), the frequency of this issue is one in a thousand babies. In 1/2 of the cases affected both feet. Although clubfoot causes no disease symptoms in a baby, the treatment should be started immediately, as in the future it could cause significant problems. Fortunately, if the treatment is started in time, most of the children almost entirely correct this disease and can lead completely normal lives.

The causes of clubfoot

Sometimes clubfoot may result from improper position of the fetus in the uterus (postural clubfoot), but in most cases it is hereditary, a cause of which is still unclear. The presence of clubfoot with relatives increases a likelihood of progress of a newborn.

Most cases of clubfoot is not associated with other abnormalities and malformations, but often she may accompany violations structure of a spine and other bones. It is why important to identify immediately following clubfoot closely examine a child for other pathology.

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