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Clubfoot: Overview

Babies and kids who are born with a clubfoot visit the Clubfoot Program at Children's Colorado for treatment. What is clubfoot?

Clubfoot is a deformity of the foot, also known as talipses equinovarus. Clubfoot is the most common orthopedic condition that babies are born with, occurring in 6 in 1,000 live births.

A child with clubfoot has an abnormally positioned foot that causes him or her to turn the ankle inward and walk on the toe and outside edge of the foot. It can involve one or both feet as well as the ankle and leg bones, joints muscles and tendons.

What are the types of clubfeet?

In the majority of cases, the cause of clubfoot is unknown and is called “idiopathic clubfoot.” This type of clubfoot is known to run in families.

Other types of clubfoot include syndromic clubfeet, which are usually associated with a condition that involves other parts of the body; and neurogenic clubfeet, which are the least common and are usually the result of a spinal cord abnormality.

What are the signs and symptoms of clubfoot?

The word “club” is sometimes used to describe the appearance of the foot. The affected foot/feet can range from relatively flexible to stiff and rigid.

Helpful resources:

Ponseti International Association
A leader in training and educating parents and doctors on the treatment of clubfoot.

An online support group for parents to discuss non-surgical methods of treating clubfoot.

Clubfoot Shoe Exchange
A Facebook group for parents to exchange Ponseti-method shoes.

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