Congenital disabilities are both bad and good. They’re bad because they even appear in the first place and cause medical problems in infancy. They’re good because they appear so early – this gives medical experts time to correct them. This is, of course, talking about correctable and less serious congenital disabilities. One such defect has these characteristics and can be a problem as the child ages. We’re talking about clubfoot. This condition affects newborns and is characterized by specific feet placement. Infants who suffer from clubfoot generally have feet rotated inwards and downwards. You may also see one leg being smaller than the other. There is no exact cause, but it is sometimes connected to distal arthrogryposis and myelomeningocele.
Clubfoot can be diagnosed during an ultrasound or immediately after birth. It occurs in about 1 in every 1000 births, with male babies being affected about twice as much as females. Somehow, Chinese infants almost never get, while it’s frequent in the Maori population. Even though it’s fairly serious, it is very treatable in every part of the world. Needing little resources, this condition may be easily treated. In order to prepare yourself for such an event with your child, it’s best to stay informed. Regardless if it’s reality or a possibility, knowing the symptoms and signs are always good. Thus, we’ve compiled the list of ten most pronounced symptoms and their treatments. We hope this guide will aid in treatment and preparation.
1. Tightening of the Achilles tendon
In babies that have clubfoot, the Achilles tendon will be tightened. This is due to the foot arching inwards, bringing forth constant stress to the tendon. By connecting the heel to the calf, the Achilles tendon will feel all the strain from clubfoot. In most circumstances, the best treatment would be manipulating the foot. During physical therapy, the doctor will both physically move the foot and make the baby do it. This is for establishing a better walking habit once the baby is ready to do so.