Southern Oregon Podiatrists Answer Your Top Questions About Foot and Ankle Pain
Stop questioning your foot and ankle pain. Start getting answers! Read our FAQ articles for tips from our Southern Oregon podiatrists to help you feel better and get healthy.
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Is clubfoot treatable?
Clubfoot is treatable, especially if addressed right away. It’s a deformity of the foot present at birth, curving the feet down and inward. It needs to be treated immediately, while the foot structures are still very flexible, for the child to be able to walk properly when they are older. Both surgical and nonsurgical options are available. Conservative treatments include casting, bracing, stretches, and exercises. Surgery may be needed if the feet are stiff or not responding to noninvasive measures. Procedures can be done to lengthen tendons, reset joints, and pin bones in place.
When clubfoot is addressed shortly after birth, it has a greater chance of responding to conservative remedies. If your child has a foot deformity, don’t put off treatment and allow their body to grow incorrectly. Problems are much harder to address the longer you wait. Contact Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle, L.L.C. for an appointment or more information and take care of your baby’s feet. Call (541) 776-3338 or request more information on our website.
What is a congenital foot disorder?
The term “congenital” refers to diseases and deformities present at the time of birth. Clubfoot, tarsal coalition, and Charcot disease are just a few examples of these types of problems. Many of these disorders can be detected even before birth with the use of diagnostic procedures like ultrasound. Such imaging technologies give our doctors insight to the extent of the damage and allow us to prepare the best treatment possible. These bone deformations vary greatly in their symptoms, and individuals may feel very little or a great deal of pain. Nearly all congenital deformities will become worse with time as the bones mature and these conditions become more rigid or even permanent.
Many congenital disorders can be successfully treated with proper medical care, but they need to be diagnosed and attended to as early as possible. Contact our Medford office at (541) 776-3338 and benefit from our experience in these foot problems. Appointments can also be scheduled online with Dr. Evan Merrill.