How is clubfoot treated?
At our General Orthopedics Program, we offer a number of treatment options for clubfoot, including:
- Serial casting: The foot is gradually stretched into the correct position and then held in place with casts. These casts are changed at the clinic once a week for about 6-8 weeks.
- Tenotomies (tendon lengthening): In the majority of cases, after we have corrected as much of the foot as possible through casting, your child may require a heel cord (Achilles) tenotomy. A tight Achilles tendon prevents the foot from being flat. Achilles tenotomies are often done in the clinic but, in some cases, may be done in the operating room where your child will be placed under anesthesia (medicine that makes them sleep). During a tenotomy, a surgeon will divide the tendon into two so that new tendon can grow in the space that's left behind. This procedure helps improve the ankle joint's range of motion.
- Bracing: After we have obtained the correct position of the foot, it is necessary to maintain the correction. Braces hold the feet in the correct position and are typically worn full time for 3-4 months, then at night and during naps for up to 5 years.
- Stretching: Along with bracing, it is very important that your child does daily stretching exercises. These exercises will be taught by a member of our team during your child's clinic visits.
Why choose Children's Colorado for clubfoot treatment?
The 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 Program provides:
- A designated clubfoot clinic with a multidisciplinary care team
- Multiple providers at all satellite clinic locations for family convenience
- Prenatal consultations for the expectant mother and her family