Club foot


What service do we provide?

Our Foot and Ankle Team offers a comprehensive service to children from Sheffield and the surrounding areas, as well as national and international patients.

Treatment is available from birth through to adulthood for Congenital Talipes Equinovarus (CTEV) or Clubfoot as it more commonly known.  This is the most common foot deformity which affects 1 in 1000 births.  Most commonly it is ‘idiopathic’ which means there is no known cause.  Occasionally, it can be associated with other congenital malformations or syndromes.

The gold standard treatment across the world is the Ponseti method.  Research has shown that more than 90% of cases with CTEV can be effectively treated with this method.  The goals of treatment are for children to have functional/pain free feet, wear normal shoes and avoid permanent disability.

To ensure the correction is maintained, it is essential for families to fully engage with the treatments. The deformity is very likely to recur if any part of the process is not closely followed by the patient and family.

Specialist care

Our three consultants all have specialist knowledge and expertise in the management of Clubfoot.  They will oversee the management of your child from birth to young adult age, with regular reviews in clinic.  In a small number of cases, your child may require some corrective surgery later in childhood.

Our Advanced Practice Physiotherapist is fully trained in the Ponseti treatment method. They will see your baby at the initial consultation to assess and start the casting process.  They will see you weekly to gently manipulate and cast your baby’s feet.  Our team of casting technicians are all highly experienced in the Ponseti method and they will assist the weekly casting process.

Once the casting phase is complete, your baby will see our specialist orthotists who provide a foot abduction brace (boots and bars). This is an essential part of the Ponseti method. You will be seen for regular reviews and replacement of boots/bar as your child grows. The orthotists are always happy to reply to any queries or concerns you may be having throughout the boots and bar treatment and urgent reviews can often to arranged within 24 hours on weekdays.

Training centre

We are a major centre for training the next generation of paediatric orthopaedic surgeons, having trained many of the top surgeons in the UK and abroad.

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