How to correct clubfoot in a child?

Club foot is a congenital or acquired pathology of the foot. With this disease, the heel is turned inward or outward, the foot deviates from the longitudinal axis of the thigh and lower leg, and subsequently can take an uncharacteristic position from the point of view of physiology when walking. Most often, this ailment is diagnosed in boys.

Club foot for the child. Causes of

In medicine, this ailment is considered as a serious developmental defect or even traumatic deformity during the growth of limbs. According to experts, the clubfoot of the child is not ranked as a class of hereditary diseases. Even if other family members suffer from the wrong position of the foot, the risk of having a baby with this ailment is about two percent. Its formation begins in the womb approximately starting from the eighth week, if there is a disruption of the development of certain muscles and ligaments. Causes of this kind of course of events can be the following factors:

  • , hypochlorism of a future woman in labor;
  • is a bad ecology;
  • use of certain groups of drugs( narcotic origin);
  • work in hazardous industries;
  • infection in the first weeks of pregnancy.

Club foot for the child. Symptoms of

Specialists say that the unnaturally arched outward, or, conversely, inside the foot is visible to the naked eye. So, the mild forms of this ailment are diagnosed, as a rule, by doctors in the hospital. Most often, it is impossible to achieve the correct installation of the foot due to a violation of the volume of movements. In some cases, there is a twisting of the bones in the shin area, as well as an unnatural shape of the sole. The legs of the child look like they are underdeveloped. It is noteworthy that the clubfoot can be identified even in the womb by using a special screening ultrasound( second-third trimester).In the absence of timely treatment, the child's leg injuries and even the spine are likely to occur. On the other hand, all the first steps will bring a lot of discomfort.

How to correct clubfoot in a child

Modern medicine offers a great many techniques that help to cope with this problem. The choice of each depends on the set of several parameters, among which: the age of the child, the cause of clubfoot, the severity of the deformation. In general, the techniques are subdivided into conservative and operational ones. So, the first option is: massage with clubfoot in children, wax applications, gypsum and many others. The surgical method involves surgical intervention, in which an operation is performed to correct the tendon.


Specialists strongly recommend the diagnosis of the disease immediately proceed with therapy. Otherwise, the child himself will be tormented, and even then the illness will not be so easily cured.