The goal of treatment is to correct the foot so the child can walk with it flat on the ground. Treatment needs to be started early. Options are:
- A series of casts to stretch the tissues of the foot and reshape it
- A brace to keep the foot from twisting back to where it was before casting
Children with severe clubfoot may need surgery. It can help repair deformed tendons and muscles.
This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.
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