Congenital foot deformities, occurring at birth, present a spectrum of conditions that impact the structure and function of the feet. One notable congenital deformity is clubfoot, a condition where the foot is twisted inward and downward. This malformation results from a combination of genetic and environmental factors influencing the development of tendons, muscles, and bones in the foot during pregnancy. In clubfoot, the Achilles tendon is often shorter than usual, exacerbating the inward rotation of the foot. While the exact cause remains elusive, early identification and intervention are pivotal. Advances in medical understanding and technology continue to enhance treatment outcomes, providing hope for those born with congenital foot deformities. Those born with clubfoot can lead active and fulfilling lives with proper care and intervention. If your child has been born with clubfoot, it is strongly suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can immediately begin appropriate treatment.
Congenital foot problems require immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact our podiatrist of Dr. Powers Foot and Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Congenital foot problems are deformities affecting the feet, toes, and/or ankles that children are born with. Some of these conditions have a genetic cause while others just happen. Some specific foot ailments that children may be born with include clubfeet, polydactyly/macrodactyly, and cleft foot. There are several other foot anomalies that can occur congenitally. What all of these conditions have in common is that a child may experience difficulty walking or performing everyday activities, as well as trouble finding footwear that fits their foot deformity. Some of these conditions are more serious than others. Consulting with a podiatrist as early as possible will help in properly diagnosing a child’s foot condition while getting the necessary treatment underway.
What are Causes of Congenital Foot Problem?
A congenital foot problem is one that happens to a child at birth. These conditions can be caused by a genetic predisposition, developmental or positional abnormalities during gestation, or with no known cause.
What are Symptoms of Congenital Foot Problems?
Symptoms vary by the congenital condition. Symptoms may consist of the following:
Treatment and Prevention
While there is nothing one can do to prevent congenital foot problems, raising awareness and receiving neonatal screenings are important. Early detection by taking your child to a podiatrist leads to the best outcome possible.
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