Can clubfoot be treated without surgery?

Successful clubfoot treatment doesn’t require a big surgery. In fact, the most common treatment plan is entirely conservative. It uses a process of stretching and casting to manipulate your baby’s foot into the correct position and help it grow there. Clubfoot surgery is reserved for stiff feet that aren’t helped by conservative methods.

Treatment begins shortly after your child is born. Our team of specialists will carefully and gently stretch your baby’s flexible feet to loosen up the soft tissues along the inside of the leg that are too short. After your infant’s feet have been moved into a natural position, they are casted into place to keep the stretch. After a week or so, the cast is removed. The whole process repeats for several weeks until your infant’s feet are completely corrected and straightened. As long as your baby’s Achilles is long enough, then, your child will move to wearing special brace shoes to keep the feet corrected. Your child will wear these braces for varying lengths of time for the next few years to make sure the deformity doesn’t come back. Let Podiatry Associates, P.C. help your child with treatment. Call (303) 805-5156 to make an appointment.

Dr. Cynthia Oberholtzer-Classen, DPM
Founder and Owner of Podiatry Associates, PC