Club Foot: Early Diagnosis and Treatment Are the Key
Dancing with the Stars became an American television phenomenon in 2005, and professional dancers, Alec Mazo and Edyta Sliwinska were there from the beginning. Married in 2007, the couple has since left DWTS and turned their attention to building a family—recently announcing that they are expecting a son in January. Like most parents, they’re sure to count their little one’s toes and the shape of his feet upon arrival. Club foot is a fairly common and painless congenital condition (it affects about 1 in a 1,000 births). If caught early, the prognosis is good.
Club foot causes the foot to twist downward and inward. An ultrasound during pregnancy can sometimes detect the problem, but cases are usually diagnosed by the doctor at birth, and treatment will begin in the first week or two afterward.
Most specialists use the conservative Ponseti method, which is a regimen of stretching or manipulating paired with bracing or casting of the feet repeatedly for the first few months. Some cases may require surgery to lengthen a tendon, or to position and wire the bone. The goal is to gradually move the foot into the correct position and then maintain that with braces – full-time at first and then at night. Bracing is an integral part of treating this condition successfully.
You will need to be diligent in following the regimen at home, even if your child protests as he or she grows older. The end result is worth it--your child should be able to run and play normally and others may not even realize that there is a problem.
Make sure that your child receives the best care for this condition, so that you can expect the best results. Drs. Peyman and Viedra Elison at Fixing Feet Institute in Surprise, AZ, are eager to listen to any concerns you have about your child’s foot development, and desire to help you gain the best possible outcomes. Call them today at 623-584-5556, or simply request an appointment online.