The medical team at Medical City Children’s Orthopedics & Spine Specialists has expertise in complex surgeries like clubfeet. The hospital often calls to consult one of our physicians while babies are still in utero, so if we need to operate, we can schedule and start treatment on babies as young as two days old.
Parents of infants born with clubfeet or flatfeet may be reassured that with the proper expert care, their baby will have normal-looking feet with normal function for all practical purposes. The well-treated clubfoot does not create a handicap and will not impair a fully compatible active life. Flat feet only need treatment if they cause discomfort, indicate an underlying disorder, or lead to pain elsewhere in the body. Some people appear to have a very low arch or no arch without ever experiencing problems. When flat feet do cause symptoms, simple devices, and exercises can help to minimize the discomfort. For clubfeet, it’s best to start treatment as early as possible for good outcomes.
At Medical City Children’s Orthopedic and Spine Specialists, our physicians advise getting treatment as soon as possible after birth. We work closely with the hospital staff at Medical City, so we know in advance when a baby in utero has a clubfoot and anticipate working on the baby upon birth. We treat babies with clubfeet as young as a couple of days old. This is the advantage of being part of a hospital that specializes in treating expectant mothers and children of all ages.
The First Step –Place the Baby in a Cast
“We use fiberglass for casting rather than plaster. Soft fiberglass is tolerated much better with less skin irritation and is easier to remove than plaster case. Additionally, waterproof fiberglass casts make it easier for busy parents to wash and clean their babies. Braces need to be switched into once casting is complete. Shyam Kishan, M.D.
Treatment of Children with feet disorders
In 90 percent of cases, doctors will cut the Achilles tendon as an office procedure to complete the correction of the foot. Upon removal of the cast, the tendon will have regenerated to a proper length. Since this procedure normally occurs in the Doctor’s office, busy parents can easily schedule time with us and experience little to no wait times. Surgeons with limited experience in the treatment of clubfoot should not attempt to correct the deformity. They may succeed in correcting mild clubfeet, but severe cases require experienced hands.
Our physicians at Medical City Children’s Orthopedic and Spine Specialists have experience and expertise in the treatment of clubfoot. Our board-certified physicians specialize in the treatment of children and adolescents and can give your child the care and attention they deserve.
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