Clubfoot in newborns
For functional feetClubfoot represents the most frequent congenital foot malposition, occurring in 1 in every 1000 newborns. It is not painful for the infant, but requires treatment.
Our specialists at Schoen Clinic have many years of experience in treating foot malpositions in children. They treat clubfoot using the Ponseti method, so your child can lead a sporty, active, normal life.
Causes & symptoms
Clubfoot – baby: Causes of the malpositionThe causes of congenital clubfoot are ultimately not clear. Genetic causes are discussed. If there is a family predisposition, the risk of having a child with clubfoot is increased. The likelihood of having a second child with a clubfoot is about 1:30.
The way the parents behave before or during pregnancy has nothing to do with the development of clubfoot. Pigeon toes is a congenital deformity, which is mostly position-related.
Clubfoot – baby: Symptoms of the malpositionBilateral clubfoot accounts for around 50 percent of cases. The intensity can vary. The foot is turned inwards, there is often a deep fold on the sole of the foot. The heel is soft and high because of the shortening of the Achilles tendon. Clubfoot is accompanied by calf atrophy. This is particularly noticeable in the presence of unilateral clubfoot.
In the case of pigeon toes, the foot points inwards in a crescent shape. The calf muscle can also be shortened in very rare cases.