Clubfoot also called talipes equinovarus is a general term used to describe the unusual formation of the foot. Usually, the common positions include:
- The foot is usually smaller than normal especially the heel
- The foot may be pointing downward
- The front of the foot can be turned toward the other foot
- The top of the foot usually twisted downward and inward
- The bottom of the foot can point out in extreme cases
- The affected foot may be shorter than the other foot
- The calf muscles on the affected leg and foot and smaller or underdeveloped
It can affect one or in both feet. Clubfoot can be present at birth known as congenital clubfoot. It is a painless condition in an infant, however, it is strongly recommended that treatment should start immediately. An infant with untreated clubfoot can cause considerable problems as he or she grows up. If treatment is provided early, children born with clubfoot are able to grow healthy and lead a normal life.
There are several causative factors that could contribute to the development of clubfoot. Sometimes it can result from the position of the baby while still in the womb during the developmental stage. Genetic and environmental factors can also play a role in the development of clubfoot. It runs in the family.
Furthermore, clubfoot can also be a sign that the infant may be suffering from other health problems such as spina bifida a birth defect where there is the incomplete closing of the backbone and membranes in the spinal cord. This alone should be enough to get your child screened for other birth defects. Furthermore, clubfoot can also be a result of other medical disorders such as problems in the nerve, bone systems, muscles, a stroke or a brain injury.
Clubfoot can be treated without surgery. However there are instances to completely cure the child, surgery may be performed.
If you think you are suffering from Clubfoot you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Clubfoot as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).