Childrens Podiatry | What is Clubfoot?
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What is Clubfoot?

27 Aug 2018 What is Clubfoot?

Clubfoot is a medical condition that affects the muscles and bones in the feet. A clubfoot will point down and turn inwards, instead of being straight. This in turn causes the toes to twist and point towards the opposite leg.


It is estimated that every 1 in 1000 live births will have clubfoot, making it one of the more common congenital foot conditions.

Generally, the condition will not typically cause pain or any health problems until the child begins to stand and walk. It is careful to note however, that if the deformity is not treated, it can lead to serious complications, and even make the child unable to walk in worse case scenarios.



Both doctors and researchers remain uncertain of the aetiology of clubfoot. However, it is understood that the deformity is caused by a combination of environmental and genetic factors. There is an increased risk however if there is a family history of clubfeet.



The aim of treatment is to obtain a functional, pain free foot that enables the child to be able to stand and walk with the soles of their feet flat on the ground.

Ideally, treatment should commence shortly after birth in order to maximise the results of treatment.

Treatment options vary but may include:

-Casting and manipulation



Although many cases of this condition are successfully treated and corrected with conservative measures, sometimes the deformity cannot be fully corrected or it returns. When this occurs, surgery may be required.

Do not hesitate to call one of our friendly podiatrists at either our Yarraville or South Melbourne clinic if you’re worried your child is displaying signs of clubfoot. Our number is (03) 8645 9800 or simply click here to book online: