Clubfoot

Below you will find more information about Clubfoot from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Clubfoot it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Clubfoot and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Clubfoot comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.

Definition

Clubfoot is a congenital defect wherein the foot is inverted and down. It is a common defect, occurring in one in every 1,000 births. The condition more commonly afflicts males than females. When untreated, those who have clubfoot will seem like they are walking on their ankles.

Diagnosis

When the mother is about 16 weeks pregnant, a prenatal diagnosis can be made to see if her infant has clubfoot. But this is more easily confirmed during the initial physical checkup after she gives birth. Clubfoot is a progressive disease, and should be diagnosed right away to adjust to the bone changes that will occur over the years. All treatment given to a patient has the goal of eliminating clubfoot and helping the patient have a normal foot as much as possible.

Treatment

The Ponseti Method is a popular and effective method for treating clubfoot, and is also quickly becoming the norm in the United States. The method proves effective for about 95% of the cases, if performed correctly. Braces and surgery may also be done for treatment.

Causes

There are various causes for clubfoot. The most common is the Edward's syndrome, which is a genetic defect, but also the use of MDMA or Ecstasy while pregnant has contributed to the disease.

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