It is common for new parents to be nervous that their newborn is healthy. When foot problems are detected prior to or at birth, parents are naturally concerned. Common congenital foot problems include rotational issues, such as in-toeing or out-toeing and flat feet. In-toeing are when the baby’s feet turn inward; out-toeing is the opposite. Children are born with flat feet and the arch of the foot can either be flexible or rigid. This usually resolves itself as the child grows. Most of the time, parents simply need to be reassured that their child will grow out of the condition they are noticing. However, surgery may be required for children after age 8 if a deformity interferes with normal functioning. If you are expecting a baby or have recently given birth, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist to discuss newborn feet, have any concerns put to rest, and treat any feet problems that may need attention.
Congenital foot problems require immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact Leonora Fihman, DPM of California. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Congenital foot problems are deformities affecting the feet, toes, and/or ankles that children are born with. Some of these conditions have a genetic cause while others just happen. Some specific foot ailments that children may be born with include clubfeet, polydactyly/macrodactyly, and cleft foot. There are several other foot anomalies that can occur congenitally. What all of these conditions have in common is that a child may experience difficulty walking or performing everyday activities, as well as trouble finding footwear that fits their foot deformity. Some of these conditions are more serious than others. Consulting with a podiatrist as early as possible will help in properly diagnosing a child’s foot condition while getting the necessary treatment underway.
What are Causes of Congenital Foot Problem?
A congenital foot problem is one that happens to a child at birth. These conditions can be caused by a genetic predisposition, developmental or positional abnormalities during gestation, or with no known cause.
What are Symptoms of Congenital Foot Problems?
Symptoms vary by the congenital condition. Symptoms may consist of the following:
Treatment and Prevention
While there is nothing one can do to prevent congenital foot problems, raising awareness and receiving neonatal screenings are important. Early detection by taking your child to a podiatrist leads to the best outcome possible.
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