Fetal clubfoot is a congenital foot deformity in which the foot is curved toward the middle of the body. Treatment with casting is usually successful, but the use of a brace after casting is recommended to prevent the deformity from coming back. In fact, recurrence is five times as likely in children who don't consistently wear the brace as recommended.
Clubfoot recurrence can be difficult to treat in toddlers and young children. As children get older, they are more likely to become upset by the casting procedure. Also, the feet are less flexible with age and successful correction can be more challenging for older children. For these reasons, we stress the importance of using the brace as prescribed. If your child has problems keeping the brace on, call your doctor or the Orthotics and Prosthetics Department.