Clubfoot is a congenital condition in which one or both feet are turned inward and upward. If left untreated, a clubfoot can prevent a child from walking normally. While this diagnosis can be frightening for parents, the condition is easily and affordably treated. In most cases, treatment is very successful. Treatment of Clubfoot usually begins shortly after birth, within 1-3 weeks. However, children can be successfully treated starting later too!
In cases where your child is in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, we do not recommend starting casting in the hospital. Again, treatment should start within 1-3 weeks from discharge from the hospital.
At the Utah Clubfoot Clinic, we treat a large number of clubfoot cases and have valuable expertise surrounding the most advanced methods for correction. We have built our clinic with the needs of our patients in mind. We facilitate the immediate care of your child, have staff to support you throughout the process of casting and bracing, and very rarely, surgery, if it is needed.
Our physicians have each been trained specifically in the Ponseti Method, for clubfoot correction, and two of our doctors trained personally with Dr. Ignacio Ponseti. They are all Board Certified Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeons in the University of Utah Department of Orthopaedics.
His very first appointment, the doctors took me aside, made sure I understood exactly what was happening, what to expect, and made sure I was comfortable with the treatment. They understood that while they treat children with clubfoot every day, I was new to this and needed support. They took time to insure I had emotional support and more as my son continued his treatment in their expert care.
These doctors treat their clubfoot babies as just that...as their own. They take the time to snuggle, to love, to comfort, and to be human around our babies. I'm sure you can imagine that puts a parent's heart at ease. So take heart. This is a one-of-a-kind journey, but you're not alone. The doctors at Shriners have more than just the PHD and the experience to help you and your baby through this... They have the compassion, too.
Grateful, Clubfoot Mom