How to Treat Clubfoot


Clubfoot is a very common inherited condition that shows up in approximately one out of every thousand newborns. The condition is characterized by an inward rotation of the ankles causing the bottoms of the feet to face each other. It can also affect only one foot. Early treatment of clubfoot is necessary to prevent severe impairment in mobility later on.

Clubfoot is diagnosed in two forms, either “isolated”, or “non-isolated.” If there are no contributing conditions to the problem, then it is “isolated clubfoot.” If there are mitigating factors such as a neuromuscular problem, then the term “non-isolated” is used.

Treatment for clubfoot consists primarily of the Ponseti method:

  • The Ponseti method—is the primary method of treating early-stage clubfoot.  Bones, ligaments and other tissues are still flexible and can be forced into the correct position. This takes a successive period of manipulations and castings that are performed over many months.

  • Heel cord cutting—When the casting procedure is complete, your child’s foot surgeon will need to make a small incision on the heel cord to relieve the built-up pressure.

  • Braces—The child may need to wear special braces for a while to keep the foot in the correct position and prevent the condition from returning.

Cases of severe clubfoot that have not been noticed early enough will require more aggressive surgery to correct.

If your child is showing signs of clubfoot, it is essential to seek the expert care of your foot doctor to ensure proper treatment and recovery. Call Achilles Foot and Ankle Surgery, PC located in Martins Ferry, Ohio and St. Clairsville, Ohio, as well as Wheeling West Virginia. With access to advanced technologies, Dr. Bruce G. Blank and his staff can help you manage all of your foot and ankle conditions including heel pain, ankle sprains, toe deformities, fungal toenails, and plantar warts. Call 740-633-4188 or make an appointment online today.