Also known as: foot deformities, congenital foot abnormalities, club foot, claw foot
What are foot disorders?
Foot disorders refer to structural abnormalities related to the feet. These are often present at birth. Clubfoot is a medical condition in which an infant’s foot or feet are turned inward, either to the side or almost facing upward. And claw foot is a condition in which the ankle is bent upward and the toes are bent downward so that they look like a claw.
What causes foot disorders?
Many foot disorders are present at birth. They can occur due to genetic problems, hereditary issues or for unknown reasons. In other cases, foot disorders can occur later in life due to an injury or a complication of surgery.
What are the symptoms of foot disorders?
Symptoms range widely depending on the type of condition that is present. Along with the physical symptoms, children can have development delays related to walking and other movements.
What are foot disorder care options?
Some foot disorders can be remedied over time through methods such as bracing or corrective surgery.
Reviewed by: Avi Baitner, MD
This page was last updated on: 8/7/2018 9:26:13 AM
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Bianca suffered from pain and a severe bowleg deformity for many years as a result of Blount’s disease, a growth disorder that affects the bones in children and young adults.
Lucky started going to physical therapy when he was two because of the delays with sitting up and rolling over. His physical therapist noticed that the problem was not muscular but skeletal, a condition that she couldn't treat. The pediatrician told Janie and Greg, Lucky’s parents, about Nicklaus Children's Hospital. When Janie and Greg visited Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, they met Dr. Harry L Shufflebarger, Pediatric Spinal Surgery Director. He performed the necessary surgeries and now Lucky can enjoy a healthy life.