If your baby is born with clubfoot—a condition involving twisted feet—it might be alarming at first, but take comfort in knowing that this can be treated and your baby can grow up to do all of the things any other child can do. It just takes patience, persistence, and some help from the experts at Rocky Mountain Foot & Ankle Center. Treating clubfoot typically involves manipulating your child’s feet to gradually ease them into proper alignment, then either using casts or adhesive tape and splints to hold them in place. The process takes place weekly over an extended period of time, depending on the severity of the condition. Often, a surgical procedure to lengthen the Achilles is necessary as well, and special shoes and braces need to be worn. In cases where conservative methods aren’t enough, surgery can be performed to reposition ligaments, joints, and tendons.
The key to successfully treating clubfoot is to start in the first two weeks after birth, when bones are still flexible. If you notice your newborn’s feet are turned inward, call (303) 423-2520 to make an appointment at Rocky Mountain Foot & Ankle Center in Wheat Ridge and Golden, CO today.