• Congenital Disorders in Children

    on Dec 1st, 2017

In the United States, foot and ankle disorders and injuries are very common and treated every day. Since foot and ankle problems are so prevalent, doctors often find themselves referring children and adolescents to an orthopedic surgeon or a podiatrist to better assess the condition of their foot or ankle disorder. People of all ages can get foot and ankle problems. Sometimes these foot and ankle problems are due to a patient’s genetic background. Other times they are due to abnormal inter-utero development. Here are three possible congenital disorders children can end up with.

  1. Congenital Vertical Talus – This is a rare and serious condition. This disorder also goes by the name “Rocker Bottom Foot”. In most cases the foot is stiff and will not flex. It is also angled and requires casting and surgery to treat. It can cause mobility issues if not resolved quickly.
  2. Metatarsus Adductus – This is a relatively common foot abnormality. It is caused due to the position of a baby in the womb. More commonly it is referred to as a “packaging problem” in the world of podiatry. The mid portion of bones in the foot end up angled toward the midline of the body. This specific foot angle is also known as “hooked forefoot”. This condition can be mild or severe. Flexible feet typically don’t require treatment. Rigid feet need the most treatment. A podiatrist can use casting and surgery to treat this condition and help prevent permanent loss of mobility.
  3. Clubfoot – This is also a very serious condition. This condition is thought to be caused by genetics. The foot is hooked upward, rolls inward, and points downward, all at once. Untreated, a patient with this condition would have a very severe disability and would likely be wheelchair bound for their life. Casting and surgery are also used to treat this disorder but are not always successful in doing so.

Has your child been diagnosed with a congenital foot disorder? Want a second opinion from a highly trained podiatrist? Need someone to treat and monitor your child and their condition? Call Dr. Howard M. Kimmel of Buckeye Foot Care in Brook Park, Willoughby, Cleveland, and Elyria, Ohio can help. Call 440-367-8773 or book an appointment online today. At Buckeye Foot Care your child’s feet come first.


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