Overview of Clubfoot Management: Straightening Children’s Feet

Clubfoot, a congenital deformity where the foot appears twisted inward, affects 1 in 1,000 babies. Fortunately, timely treatment can help achieve normal foot function and appearance.


Unknown in most cases. It is possibly related to genetics, muscle imbalance, or environmental factors.

  • Foot twisted inward with an arched sole.
  • Short Achilles tendon.
  • Difficulty wearing normal shoes.
  • Physical examination: Assessing the foot's position and flexibility.
  • X-rays: Confirming the diagnosis and severity.
  • Ponseti method: The most common non-surgical approach, involving gentle stretching and serial casting to gradually correct the foot position.
  • Surgery: In rare cases where casting isn't successful, surgery to lengthen the Achilles tendon or other soft tissues might be needed.
  • Casting usually lasts 3-6 months, followed by bracing for several years to maintain correction.
  • Physical therapy may be recommended to build muscle strength and improve flexibility.
  • Regular follow-up appointments are crucial to monitor progress and adjust treatment as needed.
  • Wearing the brace consistently is essential for optimal results.
  • Early intervention and consistent follow-through are key to achieving successful outcomes.

At KM NU Hospitals, Ambur, our paediatric orthopaedic specialists have extensive experience in clubfoot management. If your child does not have straight-feet, do visit us for holistic care and attaining well-aligned feet.