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Pregnant With Clubfoot Baby
Our goal is to educate parents and general public about Ponseti treatment. We believe as more people find out and learn about this simple, low cost and non painful treatment and effective treatment, there will be less babies undergoing extensive and unnecessary surgical procedures. What is clubfoot? Clubfoot is when the foot or feet appears to turn inwards at the ankle. The most common symptoms of clubfoot are when people appear to be walking on the ankles, or on the sides of their feet. The heel of the foot points down and the front half of the foot turns inward. Also, the heel may look too narrow and the muscles in the calf are smaller compared to a normal lower leg.
Clubfoot: Ponseti Management
Research has not yet pinpointed the root cause, but many findings agree that "it is likely there is more than one different cause and at least in some cases the phenotype may occur as a result of a threshold effect of different factors acting together. Early amniocentesis 11—13 wks is believed to increase the rate of clubfoot because there is an increase in potential amniotic leakage from the procedure. In the early s, it was thought that constriction of the foot by the uterus contributed to the occurrence of clubfoot. Abnormality in the connective tissue causes "the presence of increased fibrous tissue in muscles, fascia, ligaments and tendon sheaths". These can cause congenital contractures, including clubfoot, in distal arthrogryposis DA syndromes. Its inheritance pattern is explained as a heterogenous disorder using a polygenic threshold model.
50, 000 children in India are diagnosed with Clubfoot every year.
Ponseti News Ponseti Method "Parents of infants born with clubfeet may be reassured that their baby, if otherwise normal, when treated by expert hands will have normal looking feet with normal function for all practical purposes. The well treated clubfoot is no handicap and is fully compatible with normal, active life. The treatment is based on a sound understanding of the functional anatomy of the foot and of the biological response of muscles, ligaments and bone to corrective position changes gradually obtained by manipulation and casting. These babies require special treatment and may need surgical correction. The results are better if bone and joint surgery can be avoided altogether. Surgery in the clubfoot is invariably followed by scarring, stiffness and muscle weakness which becomes more severe and disabling after adolescence.