LIVING WITH CLUBFOOT
Clubfoot or Congenital Talipes Equinovarus (C.T.E.V.) is a birth defect that can be mild to severe and pain levels range from zero/little to very severe depending on: the type of clubfoot, severity and past treatments. It affects one or both feet and other underlying conditions may be present or are associated with clubfoot.
The causes of clubfoot are multi-factorial ranging from genetic to environmental influences. A variety of treatment methods are therefore researched as it is unlikely that one treatment will be effective for all types of clubfoot. A lot of research still needs to be done.
Currently minimal surgery interventions seems to provide better long term outcomes, such as physical therapy or the French Functional method versus other more invasive procedures. Long periods of bracing are also used to maintain corrections. Many patients benefit from consistent physical therapy type interventions and find that it improves their overall quality of life. More studies regarding this therapy are needed.