Clubfoot typically doesn't cause any problems until your child starts to stand and walk. If the clubfoot is treated, your child will most likely walk fairly normally. He or she may have some difficulty with:

  • Mobility. Your child's mobility may be slightly limited.
  • Shoe size. The affected foot may be up to 1 1/2 shoe sizes smaller than the unaffected foot.

However, if not treated, clubfoot causes more-serious problems. These can include:

  • Arthritis. Your child is likely to develop arthritis.
  • Poor self-image. The unusual appearance of the foot may make your child's body image a concern during the teen years.
  • Inability to walk normally. The twist of the ankle may not allow your child to walk on the soles of the feet. To compensate, he or she may walk on the balls of the feet, the outside of the feet or even the top of the feet in severe cases.
  • Muscle development problems. These walking adjustments may prevent natural growth of the calf muscles, cause large sores or calluses on the feet, and result in an awkward gait.
Mar. 22, 2013

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