What is it?
Clubfoot (talipes equinovarus) occurs when there are abnormal bones or tight ligaments in the foot, which causes the foot (or feet) to be pointed downwards or turned inwards.
How common is it?
Clubfoot occurs in approximately 1 in 1,000 live births, with about half of all cases being bilateral (both feet involved).
How is it managed?
During the pregnancy routine ultrasounds anda fetal echocardiogram are performed. Genetic counseling is recommended, since clubfeet are usually associated with additional abnormalities and genetic conditions. Your prenatal care will be managed by a Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist, an obstetrician with special training and expertise in high risk pregnancies.
Long term prognosis for isolated clubfoot/clubfeet is good and correction can be achieved with manipulation and surgery in the majority of cases.