The treatment approach to clubfoot partially depends on the severity of the baby’s deformity, but generally, the Ponseti method is the most widely-used technique to correct the issue. This approach involves a repeated process of stretching the baby’s foot into the correct position and applying a long-leg cast to hold it in place each week for approximately six to eight weeks, followed by a minor procedure called an Achilles tenotomy and bracing for the next few years.
Alternatively, the French method may also be used in most cases of clubfoot. This approach is directed by a physical therapist over the course of a few years and involves stretching a baby’s foot into a correct position and maintaining its new range of motion with taping and a splint. It’s also followed by an Achilles tenotomy in many cases.
While most cases of clubfoot respond well to these treatments, it may recur in some children, requiring surgical intervention to adjust the tendons, ligaments, and joints in the foot.