Congenital Talipes Equinovarus (Clubfoot) Nursing Cheat Sheet
A congenital deformity that is a combination of talipes calcaneus and talipes varus, marked by a dorsiflexed, inverted, and adducted foot.
Clubfoot most often presents at birth. Clubfoot is caused by a shortened Achilles tendon, which causes the foot to turn in and under. Clubfoot is twice as common in boys. Treatment is necessary to correct clubfoot and is usually done in two phases — casting and bracing.
Current treatment consists of casting and bracing or a combination of casting, bracing and surgery. Dr. Ignacio Ponseti developed the Ponseti method for treatment of clubfeet over 60 years ago. The pediatric orthopedic surgeons at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, use this method exclusively.
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