Clubfoot

Clubfoot (also known as congenital talipes equinovarus) is a foot deformity in which the foot is twisted and bent. Detected at birth, it affects the bones, muscles, tendons and blood vessels and can affect one or both feet.

The foot is usually short and broad in appearance, and the heel points downward while the front half of the foot, or forefoot, turns inward. The heel cord (Achilles tendon) is tight. The heel can appear narrow, and the muscles in the calf are smaller compared to a normal lower leg.

Fetal clubfoot can be diagnosed before birth by ultrasound examination.

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