Clubfoot - Carrollton, TX
Dr. Heier is a board certified foot and ankle surgeon providing effective treatment for Clubfoot. He also has extensive experience in treating other foot conditions including Plantar Fasciitis, Claw Toe, Flat Foot etc.

Clubfoot

Clubfoot, also known as Congenital Talipes Equinovarus, is a type of deformity which involves inward rolling of the foot. The condition occurs due to abnormal structure of the tendons connecting the leg muscles to foot bones. Clubfoot is most commonly seen during infancy or early childhood.

The condition can be classified into the following types:

  • Isolated Clubfoot: If this deformity is not accompanied by any other condition, it is known as Isolated Clubfoot.
  • Non-Isolated Clubfoot: When the condition is associated with a neuromuscular disorder.

Causes Of Clubfoot

  • Spina Bifida
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Arthrogryposis
  • Risk Factors for Clubfoot
  • Family history
  • Congenital conditions
  • Insufficient amniotic fluid during pregnancy
  • Smoking, getting an infection or use of recreational drugs by the mother during pregnancy may increase the risk for Clubfoot in the baby

Symptoms Of Clubfoot

  • Deformity of foot
  • Difficulty in movement
  • Twisting of the foot
  • Toes pointing downwards
  • Tightening of the Achilles tendon
  • Difference in length of the legs

Diagnosis Of Clubfoot

The doctor may conduct physical examination to check the structure and alignment of the affected foot. Imaging tests such as X- rays or ultrasounds may be recommended to determine the cause and severity of the condition.

Treatment For Clubfoot

Non-surgical treatment

  • Manipulation: In this method, the affected foot is stretched and manipulated into the right position. The doctor may use a cast to hold the foot in place and align it properly. This is done repeatedly until the condition improves. The procedure is known as Ponseti method.
  • Bracing: Wearing a brace can help to realign the foot in its proper shape. It can be beneficial in providing support to the foot and reducing discomfort.
  • French method: In this, the doctor stretches and tapes the foot to improve flexibility. He may then use a splint to support the foot and ease pain. This procedure is also known as physical therapy method.

Surgical treatment

Achilles Tenotomy: The doctor may make small incision in the Achilles tendon and applying a cast.   The procedure aims at lengthening the tendon and realigning the structure of the foot. After the tendon has grown to the required length, the doctor removes the cast.

For comprehensive treatment of Clubfoot, visit Dr. Heier. To schedule an appointment with the foot and ankle doctor in Carrollton, TX, call at (972) 492 – 1334.