From hopscotch to jumping rope to running and skipping and jumping, kids will be kids. However, if your child was born with clubfoot, you may be concerned that he or she will not be able to participate in normal childhood play. On the contrary, with prompt and expert treatment from Rocky Mountain Foot & Ankle Center, you can rest assured your little one will be right in the middle of all the fun!
Your baby’s feet are twisted inward because of short and tight muscles and tendons. Take comfort in knowing that this is not a painful condition. Through gentle manipulation, we can gradually ease the feet into proper position and then use casts to hold them in place. The process may have to be repeated several times over a period of a few months, and special shoes and braces may also be necessary to keep the feet in alignment. The goal is to treat the condition in the first week or two after birth, when your baby’s bones are still quite flexible.
It is important that you follow our instructions carefully to ensure treatment is successful and clubfoot does not return. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to lengthen the Achilles and other tendons, but in the long run, your baby will grow into childhood with near-normal looking and functioning feet. So break out the kickball, roller skates, and tricycles, because we have good news for babies with clubfoot—when you get just a little bigger, you can join in all the games you want! With patience, prompt care, and the professional help of Rocky Mountain Foot & Ankle Center, your child will not only be able to wear normal shoes, but play just like any other kid around.
To find out more or to make an appointment, use our online request form, visit one of our four Greater Denver locations, or simply give us a call at (303) 423-2520 today.