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What Method Is Used to Correct Clubfoot?

Tuesday, 22 September 2020 00:00

There are children that are born with the foot condition that is known as clubfoot. It is considered to be a birth defect, and an early diagnosis and treatment may be effective in correcting it. The noticeable signs of clubfoot consist of the feet facing downward and inward, and the sole of the foot may face backward. It is beneficial to begin treatment within a few weeks after birth. One method that may be used for correction is the Ponseti method. This is implemented by moving the feet into a normal position, followed by putting them in a cast. This process is repeated every week for approximately two months. Many children who are affected by clubfoot need to temporarily wear boots that are attached with a bar. This may be helpful in preventing clubfoot from reoccurring. If you notice your child has any of the above symptoms, it is strongly suggested that you consult with a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can prescribe the correct treatment.

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact Dr. Thomas Madden of Advanced Foot Care Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Tips for Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

  • Make sure their shoes fit properly
  • Look for any signs of in-toeing or out-toeing
  • Check to see if they have Clubfoot (condition that affects your child’s foot and ankle, twisting the heel and toes inward) which is one of the most common nonmajor birth defects.
  • Lightly cover your baby’s feet (Tight covers may keep your baby from moving their feet freely, and could prevent normal development)
  • Allow your toddler to go shoeless (Shoes can be restricting for a young child’s foot)
  • Cut toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails
  • Keep your child’s foot clean and dry
  • Cover cuts and scrapes. Wash any scratches with soap and water and cover them with a bandage until they’ve healed.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Killeen, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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