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Vertical talus, often known as a rocker bottom foot, is a rare congenital condition in children where the talus bone, a key ankle component, points towards the ground instead of the toes. This misalignment leads to a stiff foot without an arch. It can occur alone or be associated with other health conditions. Diagnosis typically occurs at birth or through prenatal ultrasound. A podiatrist can assess flexibility and rigidity, using X-rays to determine the severity of misalignment. Oblique talus, a milder form of rocker bottom foot, shows misalignment only during weight-bearing. Treatment is aimed at reducing pain, advancing stability, and creating a functional foot. Non-surgical options, such as stretching or casting, may precede surgery. A series of casts can gradually improve foot flexibility. If surgery is needed, it corrects bone positions, potentially involving tendon or ligament lengthening. Post-surgery, casts, and pins are used to maintain corrections. Special shoes or braces may prevent recurrence. Understanding rocker bottom foot deformities is important for early detection and effective treatment. With a combination of non-surgical and surgical approaches, podiatrists aim to ensure pain-free, stable, and functional feet for optimal childhood development. Regular follow-up visits can help to monitor growth and address issues promptly. It is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist to discuss the treatment schedule for your child.
Congenital foot problems require immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact Scott Amoss, DPM of Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists. our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Congenital foot problems are deformities affecting the feet, toes, and/or ankles that children are born with. Some of these conditions have a genetic cause while others just happen. Some specific foot ailments that children may be born with include clubfeet, polydactyly/macrodactyly, and cleft foot. There are several other foot anomalies that can occur congenitally. What all of these conditions have in common is that a child may experience difficulty walking or performing everyday activities, as well as trouble finding footwear that fits their foot deformity. Some of these conditions are more serious than others. Consulting with a podiatrist as early as possible will help in properly diagnosing a child’s foot condition while getting the necessary treatment underway.
What are Causes of Congenital Foot Problem?
A congenital foot problem is one that happens to a child at birth. These conditions can be caused by a genetic predisposition, developmental or positional abnormalities during gestation, or with no known cause.
What are Symptoms of Congenital Foot Problems?
Symptoms vary by the congenital condition. Symptoms may consist of the following:
Treatment and Prevention
While there is nothing one can do to prevent congenital foot problems, raising awareness and receiving neonatal screenings are important. Early detection by taking your child to a podiatrist leads to the best outcome possible.
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