Monday, 11 February 2013
WHAT IS CLUBFOOT
What is Clubfoot?
Clubfoot, or talipes equinovarus, is a treatable birth defect that affects approximately 150,000-200,000 children each year.
When clubfoot occurs the foot is twisted inward and down, and this condition occurs during development in the womb.
Physicians have observed that fetuses that develop clubfoot start with a normal foot and then the foot begins to turn inward around the third month.
Most children born with clubfoot are not missing any bones, muscles, or connective tissue. It is a congenital condition, meaning that when it occurs it is always present at birth.
It is one of the most common congenital deformities. One or both feet may be affected and the affected feet can range from relatively flexible to stiff and rigid.
The condition is not painful for the new born, though when a child gets to walking age, walking with an uncorrected clubfoot can be very painful and difficult, if not impossible.
Source: PONSETI INTERNATIONAL