The famous stand-up comedian Damon Wayans was born into a big family but was the only one who suffered from clubbed foot as a child. This attribute would also be given to his character in My Wife & Kids and his character on the cartoon series Waynehead a cartoon for the WB, loosely based on his own childhood growing up in a large family, starring a poor boy with a club foot.
The condition Clubfoot (also called talipes equinovarus) is a general term used to describe a range of unusual positions of the foot. Each of the following characteristics may be present, and each may vary from mild to severe, The first characteristic the foot (especially the heel) is usually smaller than normal. The second one the foot may point downward. Third the front of the foot may be rotated toward the other foot and the fourth characteristic the foot may turn in, and in extreme cases, the bottom of the foot can point up.
Most types of clubfoot are present at birth (congenital clubfoot).Clubfoot can happen in one foot or in both feet. In almost half of affected infants, both feet are involved. Although clubfoot is painless in a baby, treatment should begin immediately. Clubfoot can cause significant problems as the child grows. But with early treatment most children born with clubfoot are able to lead a normal life. Left untreated, clubfoot does not straighten itself out. The foot will remain twisted out of shape, and the affected leg may be shorter and smaller than the other. These symptoms become more obvious and more of a problem as the child grows. There are also problems with fitting shoes and participating in normal play.
Because of the influx of children's foot health care in podiatry, There are now several treatment options for treatment of clubfoot. Braces and casting are among some of the early treatment options and in extreme cases surgery being a last resort. However podiatrist now have the options of prescribing special orthotics that are made specifically for young children with this problem. Gentle Touch Foot Care now carries a line of custom orthotics "Little Steps" that cater to our little ones that suffer from conditions such as flat feet, heel pain and clubbed feet. Contact us at 973 673-3668 to schedule your appointment for a consultation today.