Skeletal Dysplasia & Clubfoot in Babies
The Department of Orthopedics at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, is a regional leader in the care of orthopedic conditions in infants and babies. Our specialists provide comprehensive treatment to foot deformities, including skeletal dysplasia and clubfoot in babies and children.
What is Clubfoot in Babies?
Clubfoot is a hereditary condition that is diagnosed soon after birth, or via ultrasound prior to birth. One or both of the affected child’s feet turn inward and point in a downward direction.
Clubfoot Treatment Options
A pediatric orthopedist can coordinate a wide range of treatments to correct clubfoot, including casting, physical therapy and surgery, when necessary.
Early Clubfoot Treatment
If left untreated, clubfoot can result in developmental difficulties. Physicians at Nicklaus Children's are experts in the evaluation and treatment of clubfoot in children.
Skeletal dysplasias are disorders of the bone and cartilage that may affect the skeleton of a growing fetus. Skeletal dysplasias occur in approximately 1 in every 4,000 births.
What causes skeletal dysplasia?
Causes of skeletal dysplasias may include genetic factors as well as gene mutations and fetal exposure to toxic or infectious elements.
Skeletal dysplasias are often identified during pregnancy. Families would be referred to the Department of Genetics at Nicklaus Children's Hospital for assessment and care.
Skeletal Dysplasia Treatment
The Department of Orthopedics at Nicklaus Children's is part of a multidisciplinary team that supports the care and management of children with skeletal dysplasias.