Clubfoot is a rare birth defect in which an infant’s foot is turned inward, often so severely that the bottom of the foot is facing upwards or sideways.
There are fewer than 200,000 recorded cases per year in the United States, with boys twice as likely to be diagnosed with the deformity than girls. While most cases of clubfoot are diagnosed at birth, many cases can also initially be detected during a prenatal ultrasound. In about half the cases, both of the infant’s feet are affected.
Clubfoot is not painful during infancy, however, if the problem goes untreated, the affected foot will remained deformed and the child will not be able to walk properly or wear normal shoes. Although, with proper treatment the majority of children experience significant improvement over time and often are able to participate in a wide variety of physical activities.