Mothers who give birth to kids with club feet don’t have to be in such a panic anymore. It’s not as bad as it used to be with serious surgery and extensive, difficult rehabilitation as a “new non-invasive treatment” has just come on to the market. Using just a “special pair of shoes” (and ditching mega-surgical intervention), all that is required now under the knife will be what has been described as a “minimally invasive operation under local anesthesia to release the Achilles tendon, which anchors the calf muscle to the heel.”
One in 800 babies are born with a club foot, which is when the ankle is twisted with a downward pointing foot with inward soles. Two-thirds of cases have two club feet and no-one knows what causes this. Without treatment, the child will not be able to walk without assistance.
The surgery was developed by Coventry University Hospital specialists in England. After this has been done, the foot will be put in a cast from just under the knee but only for three weeks and since it will made from a “special plaster-like substance” they will be able to unwrap it just like a bandage. This will give the tendon the opportunity it needs to heel. Once it’s taken off, the foot will be “manually manipulated to move gradually into the correct position.” Then the cast it put back on to “hold the limb in position.”
This is a huge step from when babies were put in a very constricting plaster from hip to toe which also negatively impacted their development. Since the knee is free, correct “muscle development is not hindered.”