Clubfoot is a congenital disability and can be a problem as the child ages. This condition affects newborns and is characterized by specific feet placement. Infants who suffer from clubfoot generally have feet rotated inwards and downwards. You may also see one leg smaller than the other. There is no one exact cause, but it is sometimes linked to distal arthrogryposis and myelomeningoceleClubfoot can be diagnosed during an ultrasound or immediately after birth. It occurs in about 1 in every 1000 births, with male babies affected at twice the rate as female babies. Even though it is fairly serious, it is very treatable in most parts of the world.


1. Tightening of the Achilles tendon

In babies that have clubfoot, the Achilles tendon will be tightened. This is due to the foot arching inwards, bringing forth constant stress to the tendon. By connecting the heel to the calf, the Achilles tendon will feel all the strain from clubfoot. In most circumstances, the best treatment would be manipulating the foot. During physical therapy, the doctor will both physically move the foot and make the baby do it. This is for establishing a better walking habit once the baby is ready to do so.

Clubfoot and walking

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