Clubfoot... Why Do These Children Have To Suffer So Much From This Health Condition? Because to this day we just don't know what causes Clubfoot, and why do some family members carry this condition within their genes, and then pass it down to their children. And since approximately 1 out of every 750 children is born with Clubfoot, then you have to wonder why is this happening. Additionally, since Clubfoot, also known as Talipes Equinovarus, is a congenital condition that causes one or both feet to be twisted inward and down, then you can imagine the horrible pain that these children have to be in just to even take their first step (Although many say they do not feel a thing... Yeah Right, imagine trying to run a few steps). Because all of their body weight is pushing down on these ankles and their tiny feet which are all twisted up. And just imagine Dear Friend, if you had twisted your ankle for just one day, just how painful it would be just to even get out of your bed or your chair. Now consider these poor children having to live with Clubfoot for the rest of their lives, unless they are fortunate enough to get an operation to reset the bones... Just Horrible. The incidence of the condition varies with race, sex, and family history.
The Boys are usually twice as likely to get the disease as the girls. The incidence among Caucasians is around 1 per 1,000 live births. The incidence among children in Japan is quite lower - 0.5 per 1,000 live births. The incidence among natives of the South Pacific is nearly 7 per 1,000 live births. The incidence for children who have a sibling with clubfoot is approximately 3 percent. The incidence for poor little children who have one parent who had clubfoot is 3 to 4 percent; if both parents had it, the incidence is 15 percent. Children born with clubfoot have a higher-than-normal incidence (around 14 percent) of other genetic conditions, including Edwards Syndrome, Larsen's Syndrome, spina bifida, neural tube defects, and congenital heart defects. Approximately 40 percent of children with clubfoot will have the abnormality in both feet.
The exact cause of club foot is not known. An abnormality of the tendons and ligaments in the foot causes an abnormal structure and position of the foot. In some children, bones may also be abnormal in terms of shape, size, or position. There may be a link to maternal smoking during pregnancy.
key identifying features are:
⦁ tightening of the Achilles tendon (heel cord)
⦁ inward turning of the front of the foot
⦁ downward-pointing toes
⦁ resting of the foot on its outer border
⦁ abnormal shape of the foot
⦁ rigidity and other changes in the movements of the foot
In some children, the foot may have a higher-than-normal arch. The foot and calf on the affected side are smaller than normal.
Surgery may be performed to correct the abnormal tendons, ligaments, and joints. This may also include moving tendons into better positions for the best function. Fortunately, surgery to correct the club foot (excluding the simple release of the Achilles tendon) is quite rare today. The surgery requires a hospital stay of 2 to 3 days. After surgery, a cast is applied to maintain the foot in the corrected position for 10 to 12 weeks. After the cast, a splint is used throughout the day. Once the child starts walking, the use of splint is gradually reduced
Non-surgical treatment includes manipulating the foot into a corrected position and then holding it in position with a cast or splint with tapes. This is usually done 2 to 3 days after birth. The cast is applied from the toes to just above or below the knee and is changed every week until the deformity is adequately improved. Frequent release of the Achilles tendon is needed to completely correct the deformity. Your doctor will make regular assessments of this treatment. In most cases, it is apparent within 6 weeks whether the treatment is successful. An X-ray can also confirm this.
Physiotherapy is always an important part of the treatment. It may begin once the child is 3 months old. The therapist manipulates the affected foot and may also tape it. This alone may be successful in milder cases. Parents can learn these techniques and continue the treatment at home.
Clubfoot... Why Do These Children Have To Suffer So Much From This Health Condition? But they really don't have to, if the parents stay on the look out for this condition, and run to the Doctor's Office the very moment that they see an abnormality in the feet of their small children. However, most developing countries and their citizens just do not have the means to get Clubfoot treated, because The Doctors may not be available in their remote ares, or they will definitely not have the financial means to get an operation performed and then have to pay for follow-up treatments. But this is where you and I come in Beloved, we can support Charitable Organizations like First Step (http://www.1ststep.org/ ) who can take care of The Clubfoot Condition a child for about $250.00. Just imagine this small amount of more for a surgery, compared to other surgeries in the west that will cost up to a million dollars to perform. So starting today, let us beat back this condition that these poor children suffer from... Clubfoot, No More. Your Health Advocate, James Dazouloute
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