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Clubfoot (also known as talipes equinovarus) is a deformity of the foot present at birth that impacts one or both feet. A child with clubfoot has an abnormally positioned foot that causes the child to turn their ankle inward, to the point where it almost touches the inside of the leg.
There are three different types of clubfoot:
Clubfoot is the most common congenital pediatric orthopedic condition in children, meaning it is present at birth. It occurs in about 6 out of every 1,000 live births. At this time, there is no known cause for clubfoot, but it is does run in families.
Clubfoot is identified when the foot or both feet are rotated internally at the ankle towards the calf of the opposite leg, with the toes pointing down and a notable crease at the mid-foot. A tight Achilles tendon (the tendon that connects the calf muscle to the heel bone) is also noted.
Clubfoot is most commonly detected on a prenatal ultrasound or shortly after birth. No specific tests are used to diagnose the condition.
In the majority of cases, clubfoot is diagnosed on a prenatal ultrasound. If clubfoot is not noted on a prenatal ultrasound, it can be easily diagnosed after birth by observing the feet.
At our Clubfoot Program, we offer a number of treatment options for clubfoot, including:
The Clubfoot Program at Children's Colorado is comprised of experts that treat clubfoot patients using the Ponseti Method (the International Gold Standard of treatment) from birth to teenage years.
Our multidisciplinary team works together to ensure each patient receives the appropriate attention and treatment for proper correction of the deformity. Our providers are "Ponseti-trained," which means we do not perform surgery for clubfoot and instead focus on gentle manipulation and casting.
Our Clubfoot Program consists of a multiple multidisciplinary team of orthopedic surgeons, physician assistants, physical therapists, orthopedic technicians and registered nurses who are dedicated to helping children with clubfoot to obtain the best outcome.
Our Clubfoot Program provides: