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Clubfoot (Talipes Equinovarus) in Infants

What is clubfoot?

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.

What are the types of clubfoot?

There are three different types of clubfoot:

  1. Idiopathic: the most common type of clubfoot, in which the cause is unknown.
  2. Syndromic: usually associated with a condition that involves another part of the body.
  3. Neurogenic: usually a result of a spinal cord abnormality or other neurologic disorder.

Who gets clubfoot?

Clubfoot is the most common congenital pediatric orthopedic condition in infants, 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.

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Emily Sweeney, MD

Emily Sweeney, MD

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