Preparing for your appointment

If your baby is born with clubfoot, he or she will likely be diagnosed soon after birth. In some cases, your baby's doctor may refer you to a pediatric orthopedist.

If you have time before meeting with your child's doctor, make a list of questions. Your time with the doctor may be limited, so it helps to be prepared. Here are some questions to consider asking:

  • Do you commonly treat newborns with clubfoot?
  • Should my child be referred to a specialist?
  • What types of corrective treatment are available?
  • Will my child need surgery?
  • What kind of follow-up care will my child need?
  • Should I get a second opinion before beginning my child's treatment? Will my insurance cover it?
  • After treatment, will my child be able to walk normally?
  • Are there any printed materials that I can have? What websites do you recommend?

In addition, tell your doctor:

  • If you have family members — including extended family — who've had clubfoot
  • If you had any medical issues or problems during your pregnancy
March 23, 2016
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