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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
January 02, 2019

Medical diagnoses in children can be tough to deal with for both the parent and the child, especially if it is a condition that will follow the child through their life. One such condition that is congenital – or present at birth – is called clubfoot.

What is clubfoot?

Clubfoot is a general term that is used to describe a foot that is in a permanent unnatural position. The severity can vary from mild to acute and, in nearly half of affected infants, both feet are affected. Any of the following could result in a clubfoot diagnosis:

  • The foot points downwards.
  • The front of the foot is rotated inward towards the other foot.
  • The foot turns in, and in extreme cases, the bottom of the foot points up.

Nowadays, clubfoot can be detected during an ultrasound while the baby is still in utero. That means parents can prepare for treatment even before the baby is born. With early treatment, most children who are born with clubfoot can lead active, healthy lives. Since they’re off their feet, clubfoot is typically painless for babies. However, treatment should start as soon as possible as delayed treatment can lead to significant issues and disabilities as the child develops.

Untreated clubfoot won’t straighten itself out and symptoms will have an increasingly negative impact on the child’s mobility and activity as they grow. Early intervention from medical experts can help overcome those issues.

How is clubfoot treated?

The first line of defense is nonsurgical treatment such as casting or splinting the affected foot. The most widely used treatment is called the Ponseti method, which can begin right after birth. This method stretches the ligaments, joint capsules, and tendons with gentle pressure. After each stretch, a plaster cast is applied. In rare cases of clubfoot, surgery may eventually be the solution. Parents of infants born with clubfoot can rest assured that, with the proper treatment, their baby’s feet will become typical in appearance and function.

Are you expecting an infant with clubfoot? We are here for you at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC. Our podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas keeps up-to-date on all the latest podiatric health issues and can treat podiatric issues for all ages. Please give us a call today to schedule an appointment at our conveniently located office in the Cromwell, Connecticut area: (860) 632-5499.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
July 18, 2017
Category: Foot conditions
Tags: bunions   surgery  

Bunions form on the toes and are very unsightly! Thankfully our podiatrist, Adam Mucinskas, D.P.M., can provide safe treatment to alleviate your pain. You can visit Dr. Mucinskas at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC, located in Cromwell, CT. Treatment will help to relieve pain, eliminate the bunion and stop it from returning.

Bunions are skeletal bumps that form on the joint at the bottom of your big toe. They form because of the pressure exerted when your big toe pushes against the adjacent toe. This causes your big toe joint to get larger and protrude outwards. Generally, the skin covering a bunion will be red. Wearing close-fitting, slender shoes may agitate bunions. Designer shoes with narrow toe boxes can push big toes inward. Raised heels can also cause bunions because the big toe stays bent and budding toward the adjacent toe, causing the lower bones to push out. Bunions can also be genetic or the result of a medical condition such as arthritis.

Natural bunion treatment may involve toe spacers that can help restore toes to the normal position. If natural treatments cannot stop the formation of large bunions, surgery can help position the toe back to the location it was in before the bunion formed. After surgery, arch supports and cushioned shoes are used to help with recovery. Surgery generally includes the following:

  • Realigning the metatarsophalangeal joint at the bottom of the big toe. The tendons around the big toe are thereafter repaired.

  • Alleviating pain.

  • Correcting malformation of the toes and foot.

Recovery can take a few months to a year. Adequate dressing of the surgical site and medication will help to speed up recovery. Physical therapy may be required post-surgery for severe conditions. Tight fitting shoes should also be avoided after surgery for maximum recovery.

The earlier bunions are treated, the less likely surgery is required. However, if you have bunions that are significantly reducing foot motion and causing pain, don’t hesitate to contact our office for an appointment as soon as possible.



 








 

 

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