Sometimes nonsurgical treatments, such as casting, can correct clubfoot. Casting is a method for correcting clubfoot in the hopes of avoiding surgery. The Ponseti method is the most common technique used. In this treatment, your doctor gently stretches your foot into a more normal position and secures it with a cast.
Similarly, what causes a baby to be born with clubfoot?
Clubfoot is mainly idiopathic, which means that the cause is unknown. Genetic factors are believed to play a major role, and some specific gene changes have been associated with it, but this is not yet well understood. It appears to be passed down through families. It is not caused by the fetus' position in the uterus.
Is clubbed feet a birth defect?
Clubfoot (also called talipes equinovarus) is a birth defect of the foot. Birth defects are health conditions that are present at birth. Birth defects change the shape or function of one or more parts of the body. They can cause problems in overall health, how the body develops or in how the body works.
How do you prevent clubfoot?
Because the cause of clubfoot is unknown, there are no definite ways to prevent it from occurring. However, you can minimize the risk that your child will be born with a clubfoot by not smoking or drinking during your pregnancy.