Clubfoot, also called talipes equinovarus, is a deformity that occurs at birth when the foot is turned inward and the bottom of the foot faces sideways. It occurs when the tendons connecting the leg muscles to the foot bone are too short or tight. Treatment often occurs during infancy in the form of stretching, serial casting, or bracing. If clubfoot is not treated early, however, the condition persists into adulthood because clubfoot will not resolve on its own. Congenital clubfoot can also return in adulthood if treatment was not fully successful during childhood.
A condition called acquired clubfoot can also affect adults who were not born with clubfoot. In these individuals, the foot deformity can develop due to:
- Cerebral palsy
- Spina bifida
- Spinal trauma
Effects of Clubfoot in Adults
Adults with clubfoot may appear to be walking on the sides of their feet because the foot never lays flat on the ground. It is an extremely debilitating condition, making it hard to walk, exercise, and find shoes that fit properly. Clubfoot can also cause:
- Joint problems in the ankles, knees, and hips
- Spine pain due to instability in the foot
- Sinus tarsi pain, which is the small cavity on the outside of the ankle
- Chronic cramping in the calf or arch of the foot
- Muscle atrophy in the calves and feet
Club Foot Treatment
If you are an adult suffering from clubfoot, treatment may be within reach. At Physician Partners of America, our team of podiatrists has extensive experience treating both congenital and acquired clubfoot. Our foot pain clinics offer nonsurgical and surgical options for this debilitating foot condition so that, with time and the proper treatment, you can begin enjoying a normal, active life.
From your initial consultation to your rehabilitation, we guide you through each stage of the treatment process. We believe clubfoot treatment does not stop at the doctor’s office. Clubfoot therapy requires a commitment from you, the patient, for long-term healing to occur. If you are ready to take the first step toward clubfoot treatment, contact us today to schedule an appointment.