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Clubfoot is a common type of birth defect that affects muscles and bones in the feet. Instead of being straight, a clubfoot points down and turns in. This twisting causes the toes to point toward the opposite leg.


It may curl sideways with the toes bent at a funny angle. Or, it might have an odd shape and point in the wrong direction, so that it appears to be crooked, or even nearly upside down. Doctors call this clubfoot. Most babies who are born with clubfoot are healthy in all other ways; about half of them have it in both feet.

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Clubfoot happens because the tendons bands of tissue that connect muscles to bones and muscles in and around the foot are shorter than they should be. But some things make clubfoot more likely. They include:.

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Most doctors can spot clubfoot simply by looking at your baby when they're born. If you have an ultrasound done late in your pregnancy, your doctor may notice it then.

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Your doctor will use a cast or surgery. Then, they put on a cast to hold it in place.

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About a week later, the doctor removes the cast. They'll continue this pattern for weeks or months.

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This is because a clubfoot tends to turn back to its original position. Some children may only need to wear the brace or shoe for a short time. Others may need it for a few years to make sure the foot stays at the right angle.

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If this is the case, surgery may work. Babies who need clubfoot surgery often get it between the ages of 6 months and a year.

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Unlike the gradual casting process, the doctor fixes everything in one procedure. They may lengthen tendons or take other steps to turn and shape the foot to a more normal position.

What is clubfoot?

After surgery, your baby will need to wear a cast to keep their foot at the correct angle. A to Z Guides Reference.

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Can It Be Prevented? They include: Gender.

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Two-thirds of babies with clubfoot are male. Family history. Babies with a parent or sibling who had clubfoot are twice as likely to get it.

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Lifestyle choices. Other birth defects.

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Too little amniotic fluid during pregnancy. This surrounds your baby in the womb.

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Here are some s: The foot points downward, and the toes may be curled inward. The foot appears to be sideways or sometimes even upside-down. The foot may be smaller than a normal foot by up to a half-inch. The calf muscles on the affected leg may not be fully developed. The foot may have a limited range of motion.

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Last Updated July This article was created by familydoctor.


Clubfoot is a birth defect of the foot.


In 50 percent of cases, both feet are affected.


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