Treatment will depend on your child’s symptoms, age, and general health. It will also depend on how severe the condition is.
The goal of treatment is to
straighten the foot so that it can grow and develop more normally. Without treatment,
your child would have trouble walking. Treatment choices include:
Nonsurgery treatments. These are usually tried first no
matter how severe the deformity is. The most common treatment in the U.S. is the
Ponseti method. It uses gentle stretching and a cast to gradually fix clubfoot. It
often takes about 2 to 3 months. Other methods include taping, physical therapy, and
Braces. Because clubfoot may happen again, your child will
have to wear braces for several years to prevent relapse. At first, the braces are
worn for 23 hours a day for up to 3 months. Then they are worn at night for 2 to 4
Surgery. Your child may need surgery if other treatments
don't fix clubfoot. The specific surgery depends on the type and extent of the
deformity. Your child may need surgical wires, pins, or a cast to keep the foot in
place until it has healed.
Most infants with clubfoot don’t need surgery. Those who do may need more than one surgery because the deformity may come back as the child grows and develops.