Our feet are very important parts of our everyday life. They keep us mobile, keep us balanced, and allow us to commit feats of strength and agility. We use them constantly and depend on them. We are very fortunate to be born with them and typically are able to use them within the first year of our lives. Sometimes, though, some babies are not so lucky at birth. There are some feet that are deformed at birth and these deformed feet can affect a person for their entire lives. In other circumstances, our feet can start off completely normal looking and then they can become deformed later on. Here are three congenital disorders that typically occur at birth.
- Metatarsal Adductus – This is a condition that is fairly common. It is caused by the position of the fetus during pregnancy. Podiatrists commonly refer to this disorder as a packaging problem. The mid-portion of the bones in the foot is angled toward the midline. This angle is also known as a hooked forefoot. This condition ranges from mild to severe. Feet that are softer and flexible with this disorder do not usually need treatment and resolve over time with stretching. Rigid feet that lack flexibility need the most treatment. Stretching is a good starting point accompanied by casting. Casts should be changed out as needed.
- Congenital Vertical Talus – This disorder is rare but very serious. Its more common name is rocker-bottom foot. People who suffer from this disorder typically have a foot that is stiff and does not flex. It requires immediate casting and often surgery in order to fully correct.
- Clubfoot – This is another serious deformity of the foot. Clubfoot is thought to be caused by genetics. The foot rolls inward and is hooked upward. The toes also point downward. If this condition goes untreated, then it is likely to cause the patient to have a permanent disability. Patients who do not have surgery or casting to correct the disorder may not be able to walk.
Has your child been diagnosed with a congenital disorder of the foot? Do you think your newborn may have a foot disorder that your doctors may have missed? Then make an appointment online to see Dr. Alan J. Discont or Dr. Krahn of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona. There they can give you the second opinion that you deserve. Call 480-732-0033 to learn more!