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Im 28yo male. Born with bilateral. Very skinny legs from the knee down and other disfigurments in my feet and ankles. Despite the pain which has been a constant through life, I was very athletic in school and although my disability termimated my service prematurely I managed to make it into the United States Marine Corp for a time. Ive known clubfoot is not exactly rare though ive never met anyone else with it that im aware of. Im interested to hear others stories and just wanted to share mine a bit and say thanks for making the page.
Andrew, I am also currently in the military with bilateral club feet. I wanted to ask how you managed to train for the PFT while dealing with the pain? Thank you!
I have posted my story before, and received a lot of feed back and support. I also saw a posting from another person living in the NYC area. Their post was about the Club Foot Clinic, which I had also mentioned. I was browsing through Google and I was unable to locate it.
If anyone could help it would be appreciated.
I’m 40 and have been blessed not to have my club feet affect my career….until now. I’m a Social Worker and my position requires a lot of driving and being on my feet. Three months ago, I broke my right foot 5th metatarsal and had surgery. I was non-weight-bearing and off work for 12 weeks on FMLA. I returned to work 3 weeks ago and want to work, but my foot is extremely painful and is making work unbearable. It seems that after being non-weight bearing from the surgery, my club foot pain has been exacerbated. My Orthopaedic surgeon recommends fusion and tendon lengthening. My big question: Can my job fire me because I need to have another surgery? I’ve already used all my PTO and FMLA. Do I have any other options other than quitting my job, not having any income, and then applying for a new job once I’m on my way to recovery? I know I’ll eventually need to find a different job which doesn’t require driving and a lot of time on my feet, but how do I navigate through this?
I’m surprised your achille’s tendons were not lengthened earlier. Perhaps you were not so obvious a toe Walker as I was. These days, I’ve noticed it requires a much shorter in ion than all the way up the leg, about 1-1 1/4″. Fusion of the ankle provides stability, aids function. You can move your foot but not sideways or up & down. Not useful anyway. I would follow your MD’s recommendations. Make sure s/he has Experience operating on clubfeet. Check Board Certification. Today’s recovery from such surgeries is much easier and faster than in my past. I am 72 with corrected bilateral severe clubfeet. I was fortunate to have the surgeon I did in the 1940s-1950s. Good luck. You should not have to endure such pain. As a last resort, there are pain management practices. I go to one for other pain management.
My name is Margot from NYC. I am know 56. I had experimental club foot surgery in 1963/4 and 5
By Dr. Leo mayer. He was 83 at the time. Glad I stumbled on this page
My son was born with bilateral club feet – in casts within 3 days. Surgery to reverse the muscles and tendons at age 2. Quarterback on his football team. Size 12 shoe which is very strange.
Great website, how I wish all this information and story sharing was around when I was growing up, both for me and my parents. I’m 49 with bilateral clubfoot. Had lots of surgery from the age of 2weeks to age 12. First hospital messed things up badly for 10 years and was eventually transferred to another which seemed to know a little better what they were doing. Repeated surgery damaged skin, lots of scarring on legs and feet. Back and hip problems now due to leg length discrepancy over the years, stiff ankles, curled toes which are really uncomfortable, aching and stiffness after walking, nerve damage in left foot due to amount of surgery. However, I’m thankful I can walk and work and, as we do, I learned ways to cope over the years.
Perhaps, I replied to you previously. Your ankles may be stiff due to them being fused to provide stability. I understand. I share your history although longer ago, 1946-1958.
Hi I’m Tallie, I was born on March 21st with both feet clubbed. I’ve been in casting and wheel chairs for years and years. I get self conscious about it and ask myself “why me? What did I do?” I still can’t figure out what I’ve done to get it but I like to think it’s made me stronger as a person. Ready to take on whatever these clubbed feet can take.
Please do not think you did sometthing to acquire club feet. They developed during development of those body parts during your mother’s first trimester of pregnancy. She most likely did not do anything either. They can involve genetics, a certain chromosome, a certain gene. You will be able to be whatever you want to be with the possible exception of enduring sports, being on your feet a long time. Don’t let them hold you back. Prepare yourself for some questions or comments as children and adults are curious and sometimes, unthinking. You may need a thicker skin. Remember you are a lot more than your feet. They don’t define you. Have high expectations but don’t push yourself to the point of pain. You are i charge and can decide what you want to do comfortably. Best of luck.
Hi all, I’m 34 and recently discovered a community for club foot 🙂 I was born in 83 in a small country town & thankfully my doctor knew he had to cast my foot – which I had for around 6weeks. I had no problems as a teenager – played sport normal BUT I have two toes stuck together and was subjected to bullying which resulted in low self esteem 🙁 since having my children my foot has completely callopsed and I don’t find the orthotics helping. I can’t wear heels, thongs or flats. I can’t walk around too long & strap my foot daily!
I have spasms & cramps in the evenings to the point where I just burst out crying. My doctors suggested having the surgery to insert arches but eventually I will have arthritis in my left foot.
Can anyone help with remedies for the horrible spasms & cramps??
Thank you kindly 🙂
I’m the mom of a soon to be 11 yr old boy wonder who was born with a rt clubbed foot. Only recently has his shoe size difference grown significantly, used to be only 1/2 inch to now 1 and 1/2 inch difference. I’ve always been worried about his pelvis and spine being level and his ankle ligaments not being strong enough, but never thought the size difference would change so drastically. I guess I figured they’d always be just 1/2 inch apart. Only the Orthopedic surgeon who treated him the first 4 years has ever really talked to us about sequella from clubbed feet and just last year he had both of his feet casted for a month each due to ankle instability and foot pain at which time the Dr said he really just thought he was being a fickle child making it up! I actually stumbled upon this site while searching for a place to be able to buy 2 different sized shoes! I can’t wait to show him this valuable resource for people just like him. Thank you!
I’m 44 with The similar outcome. My left foot has been 1 1/2” longer than my rt for as long as I can remember. Buying shoes as a kid and teenager sucked. We went to Payless because it’s what we could afford with buying two pairs. Some brands and some regular retailers will spit the sizes. I always ask. Nordstrom will if over 1 1/2 sizes for any shoe. Some Nike shoes can be ordered on line as different sizes. I have heard about clubs that you can buy/trade for the opposite pair. I haven’t looked into it in a long time though.
I was born in 1986 with congenital bilateral talipes. I don’t know the backstory about my procedure. All I know is that I have had really bad body image issues my entire life. I’m a small guy to begin with, about 120lbs 5’6″, but to deal with my insanely skinny legs and to try and dress myself and find mens shoes that fit is absolutely maddening. I know that it is silly to complain about vanity when my pain is pretty manageable, but, its important to me to look my best. I just wish so badly that someone would come out with a padded sock specifically for people with clubbed foot to make your lower leg muscles look normal. At least for half the year you could wear it under pants and it would seriously be a miracle for me. I wonder if anyone has as much of an issue with the way their body looks as I do, it is my biggest struggle. I always think about what I could accomplish without this constant hatred of my body and never, ever seeing anyone else that looks like me. <—— Venting, thank you.
I am 44 years old, was born with club feet and was wrapped, casted, had surgery, wore bars and went on with my painful life. Or so I thought, I now have degenerative arthritis. I had an ankle fusion done and the recovery was 3 years…but damn it feels amazing. This was 6 years ago, I am now thinking about fusion too on the right foot. Not getting any younger so it must be time to take this next step.
We will never look normal… My method is to think im different in an obvious way. Everyone is different but most people are morons so I take comfort in that and say fuck em. Still self conscious but not self loathing. Its easy to despair. Its harder to accept, but what choice do you really have?
I know, I understand.as a child wearing dresses. My visible incisions never bothered me. No stares, no comments in the ’50s, ’60s. People behaved better. At 1st job, a PT offered exercises to strengthen my legs, not interested, knew she meant well but was appalled she suggested. Never talked about club feet til age 68. Not until the ’90s did any students question me. Children are curious. Adults in stores should know better but didn’t. I’ve worn pants for years & also shoes from molds of my feet. Major curiosity but more comfortable. I dressed well, professionally, care about my appearance. I have mastered blending in often-ex. Getting silver shoes to be in wedding party. Slathered dye on white patent leather, last day of wedding, threw them out. Think you will have to accept in ions which enabled you to walk. Develop a thigh skin for clod’s stares or questions. It’s not easy but you are so much more than your feet and legs. Best of luck.
My son was born with a left club foot. He is 18 now and has a smaller foot and atrophy on left leg. He also has autism and never complains about his foot hurting him, but I’m sure it does. Though he has a high tolerance for pain, I’m worried because he walks with a gait. I’d like to take him to a specialist, we’ve been worried about his autism so long, his foot was on the back burner. Since he never complained, I didn’t think it was an issue. But I do see him struggling more. I live in New york, does anyone know a specialist on this matter I can contact? Thank you. I love reading such courageous stories. 🙂 God Bless
hi my name is diana i was born march 9 1952 st. vincent hospital vancouver b.c. canada. i was the first successful club feet opperation the first month i was born. when i was young i remember seeing pictures at the p.n.e. now im grown up and would love to see my history and pictures. if anyone can help..thanks
Hi my name is andrew and i was born with a left club foot i have been realy sad about my leg and wishe i could go on holidays wear flip flops and shorts but over the years the bullying has got a hold of me and i think ill never be able to have the confidence to acept who i am i often envy my freinds looking at them wearing shorts thinking why did it have to be me i just wished my legs were the same size.
I feel your pain! I hate showing my feet in public and was bullied all through my teens but the positive; we have family that love us & we’re unique! Chip up mate 🙂
Same here. My rt foot. My calf is so small that even boots fit differently. Jeans fit differently. One of the worse things to deal with mentally is that we don’t know why. It sucks when you are a teenager. It gets better as an adult. One of the best things for your leg is swiming. Do it if you can. I do wear shorts and Teva style sandals when it’s hot. Cause as long as my feet don’t hurt I’m ahead of the game!
Andrew, this problem is other peoples not yours. Be proud of your clubfoot. How old are you?
Hi my names sean and i was born with a left club foot i have been very down about my calfs not being the same size and wish both my legs matched i would rather die than wear shorts or flip flops in public i don’t feel like anyone understands in my family how im feeling and how insecure i feel about my skinny calves i get very emotional about it and wish i could just go to the gym in shorts i would do anything to have matching legs i often get jealous of my friends that have perfect muscular calfs and walk about wearing shorts and i don’t think i’ll ever have the confidence to do that i feel very depressed and just hate myself and think why did i have to be born like this even now writing this i feel like bursting out crying if anyone knows how i can get my legs even a little bit the same shape it would be a huge help thank you
When I began to work in 1969, a physical therapist, a colleague, told me she could show me exercises for my calves. Mine match since I was born 71 yrs. Ago with severe, bilateral clubfeet. I never minded how my calves looked or functioned except for their scars from several incisions. One has finally faded leaving only an indentation on the back of my leg!
I would seek the advice of a physical therapist and exercise your leg. Good luck.
Sean, same problem as yourself. But I do go to the gym, 3 times a week. I wear tracksuit bottoms. After a while people just stop asking why do u not wear shorts. Spent my youth playing sports but was never quite good enough. For the obvious reasons. I had the drive and the commitment just not the legs!!
Any way what I am trying to say is u can do anything. Start small and work ur way up. I still don’t really accept this condition but I deal with it. And u must to because the alternative is far worse. As an example I do CrossFit. While I am so far behind in mobility compared to the vast majority of people there, I get a good sweat on that really helps my mood.
U could try cycling which is a great excercise for the calf.
Sean, please be strong, this is other peoples problems not yours, be proud of your clubfoot. Show it off, make it your USP! If you want to email me privately please do so. How old are you?
Hi everyone. I need some advice from you. I was born and living in a Asian country where clubfoot is not common at the early age no doctor till 8 recognised that i have a club foot so i was untreated. i played sports danced walked normally till when i entered my teenage my foot was curving and it curved at 15 i had a surgery and it didn’t do any better I am currently 17 and i walk with the sides of my foot but it not has gone totally backward what should i do will it get backwards I’m in serious trouble and don’t want to get a operation if there is way that i can continue my routine and stop it from rotating pls help
Sorry no advice for your situation, but wanted to share since it is similar. My wife is also from an Asian country. Born with 2 club feet. She has never had a surgery. Her mom massaged her infant feet, and wrapped them with what was available. She started walking late, around 2 years old, and on the sides of her feet. But by 4 years old, her walking changed to walking on the bottom of her feet. She was an active child, and even competed in running some. She has never really had a problem until now. She is always on her feet and walking at work, which causes pain. Mainly the front of her heels. Her feet are flat, and seems like her ankles are much closer to the bottom of her feet, as if her foot structure is collapsed some compared to mine. I am thinking some non-surgical solution is best for her? Maybe some sort of shoe inserts? Anybody else like her.. clubfeet and never had surgery?
I have always said how I wished I could meet people who were born like me with club foot. I stumbled upon this website by accident and started reading the stories. I started crying because I finally heard someone else talk about the pain similar to mine. I was born with a right club foot and I suffer pain everyday. I’m 20 now and I work 40 hours a week, by the end of the week I have swelling and bruises covering my ankle. The worst of the pain is in the inner heal, mostly below the scar but it does crawl up toward the calf often. I was just wondering if anyone has any good ways to help or manage the pain. Right now all I’m going is putting it up and taking lots of ibuprofen. Thanks!
Jordan, I am so very sorry to hear about your pain. I don’t understand it. I’m fortunate to have walked on two repaired clubfeet for 70 yrs. I would see an orthopedic MD who is familiar with clubfeet and/or a physical therapist for a consultation. If you have a pain management center nearby, you might get a referral to have a consultation there. I think you need to determine the reason for such pain. It does not seem normal. You shouldn’t be suffering so much. Good luck!
Have you gone to PT yet? And get those orthotics from a podiatrist not the shoe store. I have worked as a chocolatier for over ten years. With out the orthotics I couldn’t get through the day.
I hadn’t realised there were so many of us! Thanks for setting up this forum. Me- well sixty years old, been through the whole thing of manipulation, casts, tendon stretching, joint reconstruction as a child, long periods in hospital. You know.( Both feet.)
All that I have read on this site has a real resonance, and is a tribute to everyone’s resilience and determination. Constant – if varying- pain, immobility, consequent frustration, and lack of clear guidance- I get that. I had a review- well yesterday, as it happens- and got no answer to a simple question. The answer was: ‘It’s arthritis; you’ll have good days and bad days’ That’s what one of Scotland’s top surgeons could come up with. Don’t get me wrong, please – I’m not having a pop – but there does seem to be more research that needs to be done.
In the meantime- a question, and a genuine one: do we regard ourselves as being disabled?
NO! You are not disabled, you are able in many wayss I’m Suee of it. I don’t use the words “defect”, “disability/disabled” or “handicapped”. All of those are isn the eye of the beholder, not YOU! I’m sure in your long life, Youz’ve even good at many things. Perseverance is one.
I’m 71, from CT. In eastern US, had a young MD who enabled me to walkA-double severe clubbed feet, turned backwards toward face. 14 surgeries, 3 mo’s._-12 yrs., molded shoes by early ’40s, otherwise, regular.mee dble s’w, neelatedsxldhood was easer.
Mosified shoes, bar at n’t. Between them, casts. Nothing every explained in ’50s had heel cords done twice on left, once on right. Both ankles were fused sor stability?
I am the same way with lots of pain each day. Just seen orthopedic Dr the other day a d they told me that I have lots of cysts between my bones a d loads of arthritis and thereis nothing they can do for me because my bones are all breaking down. I would call this a ddisability but this cannot be seen. This is an inner disibibility which I have lived with for 60 years.
I have a right club foot. I am in severe pain when i stand more than a couple hours. When i say severe, i mean the pain is at an 8 or 9. It has effected my ability to work and make a living. My question is, has anyone gone down the SSI disability route. Were you approved? Not approved? How did you go about it?
I’ve never heard of claiming a clubfoot or 2 feet is a disability. Personally, I don’t cinder mine to be one. I’d never consider a job standing for hours, not realistic. Perhaps there’s a job where you could sit most of the time. That’s what I did although I traveled to different locations, carrying materials, thought 4 of 5 days per week. I never let my feet get in my way. I traveled to Europe with a friend and we both walked a lot. She was as sore as I was. I resumed the next day. At age 22. Good luck finding a more suitable position and becoming realistic in what you can and cannot do. Your foot should not be a stumbling block.
Hi Gara, I will be 65 next month, and I worked for 30 plus years in constant pain. But when I was 55 I got a lawyer who used to be a disability judge and he was able to get me on disability. I also raised 4 children before going on disability. I am still in sometimes constant pain. Do what is best for you!
My name is Kodie, I weigh around 270lbs (currently attempting to lose weight with hopes it will help the pain) I currently work in a factory where I’m on my feet for 12 hours a day. Most of my life I had ankle pain from over use, but now it doesn’t matter how much I use my feet my left ankle has quite a bit of pain causing me to rely more on my right side which as a result has caused misalignment of my pelvis. I am going to a chiropractor now to have this corrected. I have also recently started going back to the gym only to notice that my left foot/ankle has very little flexibility. So can anyone here give me any tips on increasing my ankle flexibility and helping reduce pain?
As hard as it is get into the pool. Go to the senior water aerobics. Very low/no impact. I’m at 195 lbs. (it’s hard to take my own advice.)
Hi I’m Tracey I learned to crawl with casts. I had braces till I was 9. I am forever grateful for my mom. She made sure I had the best care we could afford. I’m 55 I’m starting to trip over my feet. I wonder what the future holds.
I think your ankles may have been fused in survey for stability. See a good physical therapist and-or a very good orthopedic familiar with clubbed feet. Less wt. will put less stress on joints, bones. Especially ankles a& knees. Good lucky
Hello, I’m 37 n I have club feet on both my feet, I don’t much about it but I’m finding out now I just had a doctor tell me amputation is my best bet, but only my left foot will be amputated, I have had pain all my life and it getting worse, I can’t wear shoes or socks, I’m depressed because of the chronic pain all the time and I’m so scared, I have never meet anyone with club feet so I’m a amateur at all this, my parents didn’t educate me on this n they have passed I don’t know what to do I have applied for disability cause I have major mobility problems if there is anyone out there that can help me just hit me back thank you for listening. Heather..
Don’t do it, please! Get a good orthopedic’s opinion, one wwith experience with clubbed feet. Have surgery. Restructure the foot /leg. Results will we better. You can do it. My feeling is you have many abilities and do not need to do sister yourself disabled. Do you really want to live on disability income or be productive. I’m Suee you can be. Please think of yourself as a valuable, worthy person, deserving of health care not disability benefits.
I’m really sorry this is happening to you I had re surgeries please post on how yours works out this is my last option to
My name is Ted. I’m 65 years old and am a polio survivor. It has been an eye opener reading this blog; realising that I’m not alone. (The word clubby is so endearing.) My right leg is shorter than the left and I have a club foot. My physical disability is minimal (no pain, I can run, cycle, swim…) but it has had a huge psychological impact. (I’m often withdrawn, feeling alienated from society.) Until recently I’ve been in denial, not accepting to myself that I have a club-foot. This blog is liberating. Just writing this makes me feel lighter. Thank you.
You have been given way too much with which to deal.first, I think exploring a specialty shoe store that can make a higher heel shoe for your shortened leg would level your feet on a surface & be more comfortable. I know they are unattractive but even if you wore it at home or other comfortable places, youz’d feel better.you canzn’t make up for such a difference ine length. Just try, explore, see how it feels to be level and not pitch your body uncocnfortavly.
I’m not thrilled with molded shoes that resemble my repaired clubbed feet but after 71 yrs., I’m used to them. It was easier as a chxild, no comments or questions, not like now & the stares.i wish I could wear dresses but not with these shoes. I hide under pants. zx since age 23. It is hard to accept, why you? It’s harder with only 1 than 2 same club feet. I know shoe size is different too. Please try.e eyou’re worth it.
Hello i was born with clubfoot on my right foot. I had one surgery as a baby, and since then all has been normal except for my right leg is way skinnier than my left. Ive seen stories on how people have had multiple surgeries and i know i shouldn’t be complaining at all. I hate the fact that i can never wear shorts or or go to the beach without fearing ill be laughed and stared at because of my skinny leg. My question to you with club foot is, how do you live life without fearing showing your leg?
Just do it. Most people dont even notice and if they do. All well. If they ask tell them your story and move on. Life is too short to worry about someone judging your skinny leg.
You learn to wear shorts, dresses and live with retorts to any questions or comments. They ask of comment because they do zzz’ know. Explain, tell your story , emphasize all you are able to do. I can tell you from experience, scars/incisions dos fade and there are xxover_Up creams that can help.Don’t let it define you.e theere’s a lot more about you to be known and appreciated.
I don’t think you can build up the thinner leg but possibly with a good physical therapist. I knoww the muscles are weak but try exercises with weights gradually sincreased.it could help. A good investment.
Guess a I was lucky, no comments in shorts ofr skirts. Good luck. Let us hear from you again.
Your legs. Their problem.
hi, i’m a 55 year old male who was born with a severe case of bilateral cub feet. I went through many surgeries, wore braces and corrective shoes and spent time in wheel chairs. I to was very self conscience of how my legs looked until my teenage years when I started to standup to the bullying and teasing. I participated in sports I was never quick enough but I all my coaches and gymn teachers were amazed what I could do and where impressed how I overcame my disability. my best memory was when my doctor finally gave me the ok to purchase my 1st pair of cowboys boots when i was 16. the only pain i have is in my right ankle and about 10 yrs ago i had scar tissue taken out of my left one because it would lockup. even though i have slowed up and i feel my age in my legs i will face whatever happens like i did early in my journey. god bless you all.
I’m 71, have a very similar history to yours. Congratulations! You made what some call a disability into a
N ability. You persevered! I have fused ankles maybe for stability. I don’t know a out scar tissue. I have rheumatoid arthritis since age 41 so I feel age in my eknees, hands, shoulders K back with spinal curvature. It!s all a challenge. Childhood with casts was actually easier.wheelchairs were onlye in ehospitals. Persistence helps. Don’give upr! Youz’ve come a long way.
I know what you mean about the cowboy boots. I wanted patent leather shoes zzz& slippers. That was a great day! Anything to be like others. Actually, truthfully, that doesn’t go away. In my next life, ai want heels (I”m short.)
Hi my daughter is 6 mons old and has Right Clubfoot. I have been in the process of getting disability for her but of course keep getting denied. I was curious if there is anyone who has successfully gotten disability on a child with Clubfoot. Also curious about the effects my babies Clubfoot could have on her as a teen/adult!
I’m 19 and was born with one club foot I had some operation when I was a baby and brace for the first couple years of life was told might need another operation but missed one of my last doctors appointments for it but figured it would be fine then at 17 I did my dofe expedition and now after that it has been really bad sometimes I can’t walk on my foot quite worried about what I need to do for it. When I go the gym if I try cardiovascular exercise I can’t walk for nearly a week after it but I’m too worried about going the doctors or anything with it.
You owe it to yourself to see your doctor and see what is recommended. You don’ t want to be in severe pain. I endured 14 surgeries.i’m sure yeou could since mos_11 yrs.) it would be worth exploring. I’m sure you want to be the best you can be. Going to a gym is great but not if it hurts you. There are new procedures I’ve read about (don’t seem as successful as my ßueferies.) I realize you are ar a disadvantage with only 1, not2 clubfeet-different leg lengths, different feet sizes, canz’t wear isenticalA- but close_ shoes. Yous may need a lengthens hel eel to equalize height, be balanced. Sometimes necessary.. I’m sorry this happened to you. i’s unfair but you can emphasize your best points, your skills sš with whatever. Please try to focus on those. See that doctor.e you may be surprised.
My kids both have club feet and they’re only 2 and 4 – but the doctor informed us we’d be checking in with him and having routine physical evaluations every 6 months well into their 20’s. Your doctor is there to help. Trust him/her, rely on him/her and let them help you. You’re only hurting yourself more by not going. You are already way stronger than you know. Stay strong- Go and take care of yourself.
I am James 33 years old. I have trouble with my feet for a long time now. I was born with club feet. I had 3 operations done. One the operations they broke my ankle on accident when a drill mashed it. I still have trouble walking, and no other options when I go to the doctor they said wear a brace or have my ankle fused. Seems hopeless. I can not run or do none of the things I use to do. I am 33 yrs old, but feel like I am 88 yrs old.
Hi James, My name is Mike. I’m 56 and was born with a club foot. Had two operations. I had trouble from time to time but the last couple of years have been bad. Recently went to be checked out and have been told that I need a tripe arthrodesis. After researching it, I highly doubt that that is going to happen. At this point I’m just going to deal with the pain.
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E strengthen you. See eye our doctor, asks about fusing see a good PAta, ask lots of questions.s ssi sksm so you’re young not to do all the things you did. I feel the same way. Find alternative things youzxmd enjoy. Ies’zm sure,there are others. Don’t give up! There are always answers.
I am 76 years old. I was born with a clubfoot – right foot. I had five surgeries. However, several were combined surgeries. This year, my whole foot went arthritic. I also have neuropathy because of spinal stenosis. I have numbness plus stiffness and pain. I find the more I use the foot, the less pain I feel. However, I do know when it’s going to rain . Walking is okay. It’s driving that concerns me.
Hi I’m djemila mother of a 1 year old baby boy.. thanks for your advice. My question is to know if club feet will affect my child later on , me and my husband don’t have club feet , neither anyone in my family . I didn’t really know about club feet until the doctor told me my son will have clubfeet .
Hi, my name is Olivia, I am 15 and was born with Bilateral clubfoot. I just wanted to let you know that if your son is anything like me, he will grow up to be a completely normal and healthy person and will be able to live life to the fullest. With me I find that I do still get a bit of pain but it’s just something that you learn to live with and put up with because I am not going to let that stop me. I’m sure your son will be just as determined as I am to not let club foot stop me from doing anything.
Hi Olivia thanks a lot, your story and advice just touch my heart. I will do exactly the way u said. I pray clubfoot doesn’t stop him from doing anything in his life..
I’m 71 and my repaired severe, bilateral clubfeet have never stopped me. They are the least of my medical issues at this age. I was raised to be like any other child, to be independent. An unspoiled only child. Your son can be the same.
Hi OliviI was born in 1940with a club left foot the 77years I played high school football base ball marched in a.championship drum and bugle corps as a drummer raced cars at the Ne Scca region and in Canada…..keep on swinging Ed law.
Olivia, thank you for posting this reply. My two children both have club feet and are 2 and 4. I too (as the mom above) worry about what their lives will be like growing up and this site, honestly, had me terrified that they were going to suffer in pain and with low-self esteem, but your message is SO encouraging! It is possible for them to have normal lives! THANK YOU. Anything your parents did to help encourage you, boost your confidence and determination? I want to raise my children to be fighters! Any thoughts would be great.
My name is Sarah and I am 34. I was born with severe bilateral clubfoot. I had surgery on both feet before I turned one and was in casts until I was 2. I learned to walk with the casts on. My parents never treated me different and have helped me work towards all my goals. I played volleyball in highschool. I run 5Ks every month, and hike regularly. Just recently my left ankle has started to hurt more and my mobility has decreased.
Your son will be able to do all he puts his mind to. I had a great orthopedic surgeon that I checked in with yearly. He helped me get good orthotics and helped my feet stay strong and healthy.
I have to say I am self conscious about my smaller calf muscles and scar tissue on my ankles, but my family and friends assure me I think it is worse than it is. With support from family and friends he will have all the friends and adventures he wants. 🙂
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I can’t find your story a 2nd. Time but I’ve been where you are as a young. Teen, young adult. In my day, no one thought about counseling for how to deal with stares, comments, question. At your age I was fortunate. No one said a word or stared. By 22, adults sometimes question. Yes, incisions are quite cisi also for yrs. & then, they fade. You know they’re there. The
Y’re a mark of your strength, endurance and courage. Wear dresses, enjoy them.now, I wear pants, better with my modes shoes. Your real friends won’t tease of question. They’ll know the Rayna inside, the person you are becoming.
I didn’t date until 23. Most didn’t care about numerous in ions. I didn’t go to proms but others didn’t either. I didn’t go to Spring Weekend in college, I hid in my room. I went to graduate school, worked as a speech-pathologist for nearly 40 yrs. I had 5 boyfriends 1 at a time, short or longer times. I’ve known my partner, John for 25 yrs. Next month. We bought a house 10 yrs. Ago. I had a good life and retired 11 yrs. Ago. It took until age 69 for me to talk about my feet. I always knew they were private family business. Don’t be embarrassed, embrace them as part of you. Your life will work out. Other people care about YOu, not your feet & thin legs with low muscle town. Believe me. It does take time, maturing, accepting yourself. You’re worth it.
i have one clubfoot ( right ) when i was young i never wore shorts or dresses nor skirts because of how it made me feel and look not like a normal body i was teased alot in school because of how i walked so i became the bully and no one picked on me or said loud comments to me when i got to my teens i realised my body was changing and not only did i have 1 clubfoot and 1 leg bigger then the other i noticed it was 1 side of my body was not the same as the other i was a very active person always motivated then i started getting sharp pains in my clubfoot its just hard to explain the pain and as funny as it sounds my clubfoot would only play up when i walked to much like hour or so being on my feet or it would play up in the cold ( winter ) and ive noticed last couple of years my lower back has been playing up i have been to the doctors many times about pain and that but i really think my doctor just thinks im making it up aahahaha so she gives me more paracetamol and volatrens and says to me you need to lose weight i just just think shes just not hearing a word i say now im 31 and its summer and im trying to be as active as i can be
I’ve read that many with 1 clubfoot often also have a shortened leg. Are you compensating by walking differently? How about using a lift or an orthotic from a podiatrist? It might be good to get an opinion. You shouldn’t have to deal with so much pain. I think compensating is putting pressure on your back.
Having 1 clubfoot is actually worse than 2. They don’t usually match in size. Shoes must be a problem, 2 different sizes..
Good luck finding some relief and comfort.
I’m 23 years old and was born with a unilateral clubbed foot (left). I had surgery when I was 1 to correct it and wore a cast until it healed. Since then I have been wearing a plastic brace. I also was picked on for the way my leg looked growing up so I still never wear shorts out in public no matter how hot it is for the fear of being stared at by kids and even adults. My left leg is also shorter than my right so I wear a lift on my shoe which makes people stare more. After reading some comments, I noticed I seem to be the only one that doesn’t experience pain. Ever since I was 19 I’ve been doing cardio and pilates to be active and stay in shape. It helps with my walking, making me able to walk at a fast pace and not cause pain after walking a long distance. And ever since I stopped growing, my leg has gained muscle, movement and feeling. It improves as the years go on. So I’ve tried looking for similar situations like mine because from reading comments here, I know I’m very lucky. I have never met anyone with a clubbed foot or feet like me so finding this site after looking for a few years makes me feel less alone.
I’m 15 years old and I was born with one club foot (right foot) and lately it has been causing me a lot of pain and the doctors have said that if they operate again I will not be able to move my foot. I would love to know how I could stop this pain, as I am constantly feeling it as I always on my feet.
Mia, I think your doctors may mean they would fuse your ankle for increased stability. It only results in keeping your foot from moving up and down and sideways. It does NOT affect your ability to walk. It helps. Both of my ankles are fused and I’ve walked successfully to age 71. Check with your doctors. Get more information. Always ask questions and expect explanations.
I am very interested to read these super stories of people with clubfeet. It’s a pity a few more guys don’t contribute…….it’s a man thing I guess. If anyone would like to email me with details of their stories (yes guys you especially) I would appreciate it. I am particularly interested in treatments during the 1970’s to 1990’s. I am currently trying to compile some information for a colleague, for a private research project on Talipes Equinovarus here in the UK.
Hi I may be able to help your research as was born ’86
I was born with clubbed feet both left and right, left foot was totally corrected and can even tip toe a little but the doctors really messsed up my right foot – they over corrected my tendant son now it’s sort off in spasm making my right foot almost tilted in the air…anyways! I have built all my leg muscles pretty much in my thighs and have no calf muscles literally just wondering if anyone has advice?? Much appreciated Loz
Hey, I was born with exact same condition bilateral too, I thought I was alone as I’ve never spoken to anyone with the same problems and I’m 30 years old lol, glad to see there are things such as this! In my experience with the calf muscles as mine are the same I think that’s the way they are mine have never changed that’s my experience tho!
A physical therapist can provide exercises for your calves. Weakness is a common characteristic in those of us with clubfeet. Good luck!
My 8 year old was born with bilateral clubfoot and it’s always great to find a community that understands what you’ve been through and that can help with questions doubt and with encouragement
Being born with two club feet myself, finding this website is a relief as I can read general stories of others who have experienced surgeries, and life style difficulties around the same way that I have.
I feel the same. Felt really lonely and thought it just effected me!!!!! Reading all the different experience on here makes me feel stronger. I was born 1968 in Germany and had 5 opertion on each foot and was finally able to walk when I was 4 years young.
yet I am experiencing terrible pain, most around evening time.
I just moved to France to start a b&b/ gite business and so worried that my feet(knees) willl let me down 🙁 . Well, maybe out here I find some help and support. 🙂
Kind regards, Bianka x
Yeah mate. Its all the same. But, I have never seen myself as handicapped…I’ve played and captained and coached in a number of sports at A Grade (albeit sub professional) level. I went through every gym routine, bike riding running etc to build lower leg strength but it just didnt really happen…I used to wear two pairs of football socks…shin guards…anything to minimize the thin look of my shins. I’d avoid the beach with mates, wear long winter trousers instead of the shorts in summer at school. etc etc etc…it’s a common story. I was prob 40 before I really grew up and didnt care what people thought. Be bold, be brave and once you get used to being like that, all the insecurities just go away! Trust me!!
I do understand. So I won’t go on about it.
Thank you for sharing-
Hi there, I was born with club feet and had the Ponseti technique to correct things when I was a baby. After years of relatively normal activity (I’m 56 now…), I am finding everyday walking very difficult. I can walk, but the more I do, the more I suffer on an evening/night with pain. My feet swivel in now when at rest/sleep and they say I have ‘hypermobile’ feet…. I’ve got NHS orthotics which help a bit & have paid privately for custom orthotics which will not fit in any shoes (except trainers – not very appropriate for office dress!).
Is there anyone out there similar? Have you managed to find any footwear/orthotics/physio that helps?
Hi Cheryl, Did you really have the Ponseti method? I know it was pioneered in the 1950’s but it didn’t become popular until recent years. As you are describing issues now maybe it wasn’t the true Ponseti method. I don’t have clubfeet, my son does, but I have arthritis and need orthotics. I buy Finn Comfort shoes – I can remove the foot bed from them and put in my orthotics. I only buy the Finn Comforts and that way my orthotics work in all my shoes & boots.
Im so glad this page is available.
Im not sure if anyone out there has a girl that has 2 different size feet but my daughter has a left foot almost a size 2 and a right foot size 3 and we have to spend a fortune on shoes because of it.
We would love to find a match if some one has a girl with her right foot larger than her left foot at least until we find a solution to help her foot grow! I am open to suggestions.
I am 47 and struggle to find shoes.
I feel deeply upset when i see how Clarks offer the odd Shoe Scheme but add 50% charge
If you or your children have different sized feet, here at Clarks we can supply most of our shoes in odd sized pairs.
Instead of having to buy two pairs, you can have one pair to fit both feet. There’s a surcharge for this service, 25% for children and 50% for adults on top of the usual shoe price.
It is recommended that both shoes should be tried on for suitability and advice taken from the staff before purchasing.
For further information please contact your local store or customer care on 01458 899901.
Wanted to reply to person considering orthopedic or chiropractor.pleas go to orthopedist. I have long history severe bi-lateral clubfeet turned completely inward. 12 surgeries age 3 mo’s.-12 yrs. Wore corrective shoes that long. Long “brace” between feet overnight as toddler. Many casts, PT to re-learn to walk multiple times. Still walking at 70 (with cane or Walker for osteoporosis, adult scoliosis, fractures in spine.)
Having. Been born with bilateral severe club feet as a child back in 1963. I had over 150 operations internal & external. I have no connections in NY city. Where I was born my suggestion is tor people to contact chief of staff At nearest state hospital or at MGH BOSTON MA for referrals in the ORTHOPAEDICS OFFICE.
Excellent suggestion! 150 surgeries? I thought 12 was a lot, a way of life 3 mos.-12 yrs. I can’t even imagine what you endured and how. Are you up to sharing more info. You are 17 yrs. My junior & I would’ve thought improvements were made by 1963. I am so shocked & sorry for your long struggle. I had everything I thin imaginable done & can’t conceive how your journey resulted in 150. I’m a good listener if I can reply by email.
I have a clubfoot on the right, had 2 corrective surgeries, a 3/4″ leg discrepancy requiring a lift, and scoliosis. I was treated by Shriners Hospital in St. Louis, MO until I was 18 years old, and ever since then have not had any issue.
At the age of 38, I am now experiencing trouble with my foot, and doctors are not sure how to approach it. X-Rays show a dislocated bone, but they don’t know if that is from the original corrective surgery or happened post-op. Any advice as to whether to see a podiatrist or an orthopedist would be appreciated. It is frustrating that finding quality, expert care as an adult is more difficult!
Please see an orthopedist, not a chiropractor who can’t address your problem. My guess is the bone was never dealt with.
I had 12 surgeries, ages 3 mo’s.-12 yrs. For severe bilateral club feet turned completely around inward,which enabled me to walk. I had a bar holding legs apart at night, many casts, many incisions on legs and feet. I wore corrective shoes until 14 then, “regular” ones.Still walking at 70.
Club feet are more common in boy s’w, not often seen in girls. Can have club hands also. It’s the ankle or wrist joint. It occurs in the first trimester, a recessive autosomal disorder with a particular chromosome and gene. I think I have an inherited element as my maternal great-grandmother had one, less sever clubfoot. I sought she had treatment in the 1800s in Norway. In that case, people walk on the side of the affected foot.
It’s better to have 2 than 1 believe it or not for equal leg height, fitting same size (smaller) shoes.
How are you getting on with this? as i am struggling with the same x
I am 33 with bilateral club feet. Had 6 operations before age 7. I have pretty severe curling of my toes and am now experiencing very painful bone spurs. I’ve been to 2 podiatrists and 2 orthopedic surgeons. All 4 recommend toe straightening surgery with pins that can be removed after a two week recovery period. I need 7 toes done. My fear is that the surgery will have unintended consequences that end up causing me more pain. Has anyone had this surgery as an adult? Were you happy with the outcome? Did you do both feet at once? Did the toes stay straight? Did it reduce your pain? Given the choice, would you do it again? Thank you so much for anyone who has the time to respond!
Hi Anne. Did you ever get your toes straighten??? I have a club foot, & my toes are starting to curl up. What do I do or what help do I need
I am 46 and was born with a club foot on my right side. I had casts and an operation when I was a child, and attended hospital regularly until I was 16. I was very lucky as I didn’t suffer too many problems in adult life, but in the past 8 or so years I’ve had nothing but problems with my foot! I’ve had knee trouble, hip pain, I have a Mortens Neuroma on my foot, I had a cortisone injection because I developed a bursir under my foot last year and now have a new pain affecting this foot, which is making it hard to walk some days. I guess I got away without suffering any real problems while growing up, so I should be thankful, but I’m not, I’m getting older, getting creakier and grumpier!!
Wow Shirley………i am 47 and my foot is causing me lots of pain. I know i have a bursir under my foot, but i am needle phobic so no way could i have at cortisone injection. I have to rub ibroprufen gel on my foot a few times a day. I notice my foot has started to turn inwards again and the hip and knee pain i had was due to ignoring the 1 1/2 inch difference in my leg length but now i finally have the right orthotic those two have got lots better.
Shirley i can not find shoes, why do they all think just because we were born with a club foot we want to wear such awful footwear x
Any ideas honey please x I am in the Uk x
Hi Sara, my names Graeme! I was born with club foot in 1975 and had operations when I was a baby! Now I’m 41 I’m having problems with joints and back problems. My right leg is just over 3″ shorter. I’m struggling to get doctors to take me seriously. How do you find the orthotic helps? I’m in the uk as well.
Hi I’m Tracy and I’m 40 I have both club feet and club hands. I have been in and out of hospital from birth to the age of 13 rods in rods out, toes tightened. Nights splints till I was 13 calipers till I was 10. I was never meant to walk is what the doctors said. I suffer pain in the lower back and stiff left ankle. My left knee also. I have skin legs from the knees down and was called chicken legs teased by kids. I’m from Australia and the doctors have not seen anything as bad as my feet when I was born, operated on at 2 weeks old. I’m now tripping over my toes and it takes a bit to get walking in the morning. Have been wearing orthotics from the past 20 years. They help but today I went to get fitted for new ones and my pod has noticed that I have muscle and nerve wastage… Give me a break! Thanks for this blog it has helped me to find others who are going through the the same stuff thank you!
Hi, i’m Rose 25 yrs. old I have a club foot on my right with thin leg as well. My left foot and leg is normal. I initially thought it was a polio but recently when I went to an orthodoctor he confirmed it was a clubfoot. He suggests to do an operation for my foot to prevent and minimize the pain. I felt the pain everytime I walk too far or standing too long… The operation costs around $2,000. As of now I’m still saving up for it, searching for a financial help and advise if I should go with the operation, to be honest I’m afraid to undergo the operation because it might not be successful and must undergo another operation again 🙁
Hello Rose my name is Henry and I’ve been in the same boat as you since birth. I received surgery at a young age and now only suffer from mild pain in my foot to thin leg and well limited flexibility. That’s about it! I am a 24 yr old male in the u.s military and id love to get in touch with you.
Hi henry. I am curious as to how you went about managing the high volume of running/rucking? Cheers ben
Hello Henry, I recently signed for the army and have a very similar club foot. Had corrective surgery on it at birth and was wondering how you went thru BMT. I hear you are allowed to bring inserts for PT gear and boots, is that true?
Hello, my daughter is just 7months and already had two operations on both legs, now she got her boot and shes doing good so far im just worried about the legs if they are going to be fine, please any more advise on what to do to make her crawl and walk like other babies, or any recommendations for best doctors here in pretoria, South Africa. Thanks femi
Hi my son was born with bilateral feet, sorry to hear about your daughter. I think you shouldn’t worry she will crawl , my doctor said clubfeet kids usually start crawling , standing And working a little late. It depends on the child . Take care
I passed all milestones on time with severe bilateral club feet in casts. Youse child will crawl. C’d,eep.2walk zzz& learn how to adapt to casts. They will web his Ż”Normal” R trust me,e I side.s I climbed an incline to a neighbor’s zzz& I’d I fell, I apidkess myself uopd a& we R on. Toe me, it was what walking was alike. Imwent up steps. I went down. Every child trips,or falls zz& gets up. Treat herI’m as Anaya other. Let him be indepeendenta_vest gift to give.. He’lll survive surgeries & won’t recall unntil 4 or 5. I don’t. Babies can be very resilient. It will be tougher on you sometimes, waiting , worrying. Some surgeries are longer.
My son just got his shoes at 2.5 months. He is so fussy and irritable. I didn’t know if this was normal. The doctors didn’t give much information on it. Any advice??
Have been born with club foot that also affects my right arm, had an operation as a child for the foot but never had much mobility & always had a limp & no real control over my right hand. Im 53 now & have been called a gimp for my birth defects & get passed by on jobs because of my birth defect
i have some curled toes also which were never addressed. Having seen pictures of other club feet without the, I wonder if they’re a characteristic of club feet. I thought they were squished in my mother’s womb. Who knows? I don’t like the idea of pins inserted. How will you move for 2 weeks? What is the guarantee? Maybe do the ones that interfere worst. I have a callus from waking on a toe that’s shifted in 70 yrs. I use an electric tool for calluses, dry skin. Good luck. Pain-free feet are a blessing.
Almost all of my toes are curled under. A year ago I got my pinky toe amputated, they tried to to straighten it twice with surgery and pins but it never stayed straight. I also had my 2nd toe next to pinky toe straighten but it’s now causing me more pain then before. Its always swollen and I’m thinking since I got my pinky toe removed, I have more pressure leaning on that toe. I’m constantly walking on my toes but espically this one.
I have curled toes on my left club foot!
I thought I was the only one with scrunched up toes except 2 “great toes” I asked someone because I never see them in photos. If they happened in Usero. My mother was small as I am. I was born Cesearean. Only 2nd toes are straight but different. Clubfeet is due to some chromosome in 1st trimester when skeletal development takes place. It affects ankle joints most, flat, wide feet K no calf muscles, thin legs. I can’t imagine correcting them after 12-14 surgeries on legs, ankles & feet. Enough!
I have severely curled toes on both of my feet. I am 68 years old now and I fear that I have waited too long. The pain however is excruciating at times and I am very week and my balance is off.
I wish you the best!
I too have curled/scrunched up toes except 2 bit toes & one next to them. I think it happened in Usero, the way I was position against something (not breech birth). Most photos show straight toes. It all happens in the 1st trimester with skeleton devefelopment. Clubfeet also have a link to a part of one chromosome. I think ther’s a gentic link.
You shouldn’t have to be in such pain. How about an orthotic from a podiatrist? I think you may have the affected leg shortened & you’re compensationing, putting stress on it. How about a 2nd opinion from an orthopedic?
Last suggestion, consult with an MD specializing in pain managent (often anesthesiologists, not always.
Good luck, I hope you get some comfort and help. Good luck.
I don’t have club foot, but my son who was born July 9th 2016 does. We just had his casts put on yesterday since both feet have the issue and it’s been a rough night.
I’m hoping he gets used to them soon cause this momma is heart broken
Hi , sorry to heard that . The beginning is always tough especially with cast on. My son now wear the shoes with bar. Good luck
Hello Kayla, my name is Henry and for the first time I am reaching out to folks who have been affected by this. I was born with clubbed foot on the right and surgery was performed immediately. I don’t know if you’re very familiar with the Military in the United states however we maintain ultra high athleticism throughout our careers. . I am 24 years old and run always. I feel pain every now and again but that’s a small price for having my career. No different than that normal pan of a shin splint. If you have any questions please get back wit me and congratulations on being the first stranger I tell my “bit” to. I know you’re boy will get used to this just don’t let him stay sitting ever in his life. . Always keep him stretching and moving. 😀
Hey Kayla. I am 43 and was born with 2 club feet I had an op and casts till before I was 1.
I could walk before I was 1. The surgeon was amazed at my progress as the feet were so severe. I have led a very normal life working in construction and doing boxing and running in my younger years. my right ankle has been a little tender for 3 years now but managable with supports and the occassional painkiller, I dont know if it is clubbed foot, old age or an old sports injury. My son who is 16 weeks old was born the same and is currently doing the ponsetti treatment. first few nights rough. now he has boots with bar, again first few nights rough, now you just cant stop him smiling. and my wife and I also. I am very confident of his future as should you about your son. All the best.
ps both my daughters did not have this.
My mother hers was breaking when they always worked on mine (bilateral born Aug 76) but she told be the Dr looked at her and said …no stop that…it could have been way worse…meaning in sense I was born healthy baby boy other than
that..be happy and enjoy your son…remember it could have always been something !ore serious
I was having a rather painful “episode” with my left foot/ankle and sat down at the computer and just punched in something about club feet and up came this site. I can’t do much about the condition that I was born with but I feel less “alone” reading about what others have suffered but also endured. Thanks:
i am 46 years old and was born with bilateral club foot that was corrected with casting and braces. I was curious if anyone else has experienced hip issues that may be related to the correction. I hv moments that my leg has the sensation of being slightly dislocated from my pelvis and I cannot move until it seems to “slide” back into the correct position. It is only painful if I try to move prematurely, but is a nauseating sensation.
Hi Heather I am Sara and 47, born 1969 and went all my teenage years not wearing my orthotic rises…..my hip was so bad I could hardly walk. AFTER losing money on Ill fitting orthotics I finally saw a consultant , got the right rise as my leg shorter and Gilmore sorted x
No association I ever heard of. I’d see an orthopedist, get hip xrays, maybe , depending on diagnosis, see a physical therapist for exercises. You shouldn’t be suffering.
My parents didn’t tell me but I must have had at least one club foot. I remember having the shoes with the bar. My one calf has always been smaller. Now at 50 I find myself in lots of pain. I think I have been compensating my gait for decades and now it is catching up with me. I’m in Calgary. Can anyone recommend a doctor here who can treat me?
Let’s see.. I can remember being in casts from day one. I learned how to walk in them. I remember the hospital, I remember the tubes of blood attached to my legs and I remember screaming when they removed them. I remember my hot pink casts from the tips of my toes to my thigh. I remember sleeping in my wheelchair and all my friends and family signing my casts. My name is Jennifer Davis and I was born with severe bilateral club feet. I’ve had three surgeries on both feet and four the left. I knew not everyone had the same feet as me but it wasn’t until my freshman year in highschool when fellow classmate decided to point out how different they actually were. No calf muscles, big bulgy ankles. I was devistated, I finally saw it too. From that day forward no shorts, no Capri’s, no short dresses and no showing my feet. I am thirty now and I still don’t show my legs or feet. I have an amazing husband,5 kids, a good job and family and friends. Recently my left foot has been giving me hell. Dr told me only option is surgery witch would make me immobile. Can’t do that with 5 kids! In Omaha, anyone know of any good doctors in surrounding areas that actually give a shit? Glad I found this website. Nice to know I’m not alone.
It’s my understanding And I could be wrong, but I rhink all of us with clubfeet have flat, wide feet. I know I do. I can only wear flat shoes. They must fasten well or I can’t keep them on. If you can develop arches, wonderful.
I’m older than you by the sound of your family still being in need of your care so you might not like what I have found out about my two feet that are giving me a serious life altering amount of pain. I walked out of one doctor’s practice (she was a freshly graduated new practitioner) after she told me I would have to have fusions to continue walking.So I went then to New England Baptist hospital in the Boston MA area to see an older specialist. The place was the most efficient hospital I had ever been to and I have seen some hospitals. They X-rayed and MRIed bothe feet the same day and I saw a specialist. An older gentleman like myself who after looking at the reports literally said to me, “Jump up on that exam table I want to take a look at those feet” He exclaimed out loud “Glory be to God it’s a miracle you can even walk.” So not to make this a long story, we talked about pain and temporary surgery on my worst foot which I will not do because he was honest and said it “might” help.So to get to your question of alternatives he said. “At your stage and condition there is nothing short of complete fusion that will make matters better. Fusions are long recovery time operations and balance and mobility become awkward for active people. I am as active as any “normal” footed person except I,m slower in motion. I take very limited pain medication only when the pain reaches the point I’m afraid to try and walk because of the knife piercing pain. My question is why can people get their hips knees and shoulders replaced but no one makes a replacement ankle ? My next venture is to see if there has been any new technology in the prosthetic foot world. If not I haven’t tried alternative stuff like acupuncture or nerve altering therapy. I didn’t get any good answers but I refuse to give in to the cross I have been given. Optimism and fortitude are on your side, never give up.
Hi, there is a device called the exosym made in Seattle US. Very expensive, some insurance covers but LIFE changing for lots of clubbie a. Look it up at hanger clinic. Good luck
Ps I live in Scotland, my little girl has club feet am I keep an eye out for this type of thing incase she needs it one day.
I was born with bilateral club feet, For the first 16yrs of my life, I spent in and out of the Shriners Hospital in Montreal and went through 8 operations. I would spend 2 or 3 months at a time I couldn’t walk until I was 6yrs of age. I knew I was different. Especially having to wear my high brown shoes that all the kids would stare at and whisper. When I was around 6 or 7, I can remember having to wear braces to bed. The pain was so intense and I would cry. My dad would make me sleep with him because he knew my mother would take them off and of course she did as soon as he fell asleep. I have always been very self conscious of the deformity of my feet and wouldn’t wear anything that would draw attention to my feet. When I was 18 I went to a local Orthopedic and had two more operations. When I was in my 40’s, I went to Dartmouth Medical Ctr. because of all the pain I was having in my feet. I was told that I would need to have my ankles fused and put into rocker shoes. I told him that I just couldn’t do it and I would wait until I couldn’t stand the pain any longer. I am now 68 and I am experiencing pain in my lower back, hips and of course the feet. I have a store and am on my feet a lot (which doesn’t help) I am going to visit my sister in Arizona and asked her if she could see if there was a Orthopedic that specialize in adult Club Feet. I am hoping for some relief. To all of you who were made fun of and self conscious of your feet, I will tell you that now that I am older I could care less how people see me. I am who I am and thank God I wasn’t born with a more severe birth defect. I have to say that I never knew that there were so many people that have been born with Club Feet.
I had my achille’s tendon done twice. Apparently my MD wasn’t pleased with the outcome. You might check with an orthopedic knowledgable about adult club feet and get his/her opinion. Worked for me in the ’50s. Good luck. It should’ve turned out better and you shouldn’t have discomfort.
Hi Jenn I have a question . Do you have any of your kids that was born with club foot?
Hi jenn, my name is Kylie and i am 41. I was born with club feet both left and right I had x2 surgery as a child on my left and one on my right .my mother told me when I was born in 1976 my feet were turned around the other way (back to front). I am so ashamed of my feet and ankles and will not wear shorts skirts any pretty girly stuff I’d only dream be brave enough to wear. I’ve thought I was the only person with the skinny different leg/feet. how do we over come our fear of this?
Looking for an orthopedic doctor specializing in “adult” club foot. I am 49 years old and have had 8 surgeries on my foot at Shriners Hospital for Children (I am forever grateful to Shriners). Not surprising, I have arthritis in my foot and it aches at times. I consider myself lucky because I’m able to get around just fine.
I am in search of a doctor in the Northwest. Can anyone refer a doctor to me that specializes in adult club foot/feet?
Wow i never knew this site existed.
I was born in 1966 in Fulham London England and at age 3 and a 1/2 i had my 1st surgery on my right foot and ankle then i had to wear a Caliper boot to try and straighten my right foot and ankle. Then at Putney Hospital they tried Electric therapy to get my Foot and ankle to grow that Failed.
So in 1976 a large conference was called in which i was the lab Rat i was poked and prodded and then a surgery happened i was Number 1 Patient 0 the surgery worked and now i am 6 feet 5 tall 49 years old
I am a 42 year old woman with left foot club foot, corrected as a child. I have come to a point, where I have lost all of my cartilage between by bones. In the past 6 months, I have progressed from minor pain, to not being about to put a shoe on from swelling, to not being able to climb stairs, to permit limb, and now unable to proactively manage my pain. I have searched and searched for Doctors who treat adults with club foot. I have been unable to find a dr who will treat me at my age. The last dr I saw, stated that he could fuse my bones together, but I would loose most of my mobility in my foot. I just cannot accept that prognosis for my age. I find articles talking about “club foot later in life,” but it states there is not much research. I have contacted several pediatricians, however, no luck. I happened upon this website. I am not very hopeful, but still hoping for someone to help me lead a more productive and active life. I feel 42 is not an old age, and I have many more active years I want to be able to have. Thank you, Cheryl
I am 51 and recovering from my 5th surgery that I know of. I had all that when I was born, cast, brace, etc. But now I have problems that required shaving the bone and fusing them togethet. Guess it’s my age but it’s been over a month and I still can’t walk on it. I’m wondering what else my future holds due to this.
So glad i found this site! I was born in ’92, with both feet being club. Had surgery as a baby and am now really suffering with it as an adult. It’s great to finally find an active community with adult sufferers that I can talk to.
Hey Sam im Kate I only have it in my left foot but mine was a repeating clubfoot. I was born in 93 and Im also struggling with it as an adult well actually my whole life . I thought I’d reply because out most of the story’s I have read I think that
I could relate more with you as we’re around the same age
Hi Kate, are you currently seeing anyone about your foot? I’ve just been given an orthotics appointment, hoping that something new in my footwear might help a bit. They’ve not worked in the past, but the scarring on my feet and legs is such that surgery is a last resort, according to the consultant I saw in April.
Hi Sam! I’m Henry and was also born in 92. 🙂 I was born with clubbed foot on the right side and received surgery as a child after birth and well, I’m now in the military in pain just about every day but am glad to be alive. 🙂 I would love to chat.
Hi there! I found you because I’m a 46 year old living with a corrected clubfoot. I didn’t know for sure that clubfoot was the source of my problem until this year, because my parents didn’t tell me; I guessed and my mother affirmed my guess. My ankle and arch have always bothered me, and the older I get, the more it does. I have searched the internet for management of overcorrected (or mildly overcorrected, or just not perfectly corrected?) clubfoot through physiotheraphy or other nonsurgical means and can find nothing. I do yoga and hope it will make a difference, but really want to find an evidence-based, non-surgical approach to maximizing ankle movement range and improving arch strength. Does anyone know anything? Thank you!
My daughter Mari was born in March 2000 she is a teenager now her first operation was when she was 11 days old. When she was almost 13 things got worse this has been a nightmare.Thank god i stumbled upon this site. i often wonder how other families our dealing with this on going pain and treatments
I’m in the same boat as your daughter, my feet became painful around the beginning of my teens too – I’m in my 20’s now. I’m currently going through physio to help loosen my upper leg and lower back muscles as my poor foot posture and over-corrective surgeries have been causing issues there. If I’m on my feet for more than 4 hours they get sore, longer than 6.5-7, it’s very difficult to walk for days after because the pain is so bad. However (I’m not trying to dishearten you)- I have learned my body’s limits and by carefully managing what I do and when, I’m still able to do most things! I camp every year with the Guides,hike and play badminton. If I go out for the day, I do have to be wary of how much walking I do( though I find standing worse than moving around)in case I need to do more the next day, but for the most part I don’t allow myself to get to the pain stage. I last tried orthotic insoles about 6 years ago but they didn’t make any noticeable improvements so I gave up, until now. The hospital seems to be up for trying things this time, instead of offering cos.etic surgery to straighten my toes, so fingers crossed something will come of it! I would recommend your daughter takes note of what causes her pain- if it is standing, walking, uneven surfaces or even different types of foootwear, so she can explain to others how their expectations can help rather than hinder, and she can start taking control over what the problems seem to be. 🙂 Good luck and don’t let her get down about it!
May I ask why it has been a nightmare since her last surgery at thirteen? I am asking because my daughter is almost 13 and needs surgery on her foot again. It will not stay flat. They had done tendon transfers at a young age but her foot was to small for it to be successful. I don’t want her to go through a lot of pain again and not be successful Z
I was born with double club foot in 1992, most of my pain through out my life has been from running too much! Specially when I was in my mid teens when I was very active with rugby and other sports! When I got to around the age of 19. I decided to give up sports with excessive running, since then I have kept doing exercises, such as going to gym. And my pain has literally gone from having to deal with pain every day, too only having to deal with it twice a week at most! Hope this helps anyone.
I was born with bilateral club feet an I can’t find shoes that will fit my feet an still make me feel like a lady where can I find wide width shoes5 an a half with a width of at least 5 Es eeeee pls if you have any web sites that I’ can go to share them with me I’ve been to so many an yet can’t find any pls help
Hi Donna, Check Rizzuto’s Wide Shoes in Spokane, Washington. Also, Nordstrom Children’s Shoes splits the shoes for the price of one pair of shoes–rather than having to buy two pair of shoes. Not sure how wide children’s shoes are at Nordstrom. Shoe shopping is my least favorite shopping to do. I definitely have to be in the right frame of mind to look at shoes. Hope this helps. Good luck.
I’m 15 and was born with club feet. I have had 5 surgeries thankfully the last one was 6 years ago. I have worn AFO braces that go up to just under my kneecap for as long as i can remember! But at my last checkup my doctor said that i could try AFOs that only went up to my ankle. I thought great! I’ll finally be able to wear shorts. So i have had these new AFOs for about a week now and my feet hurt really bad when wearinh them. I dont understand how my feet can be fine in AFOs that go to just under my kneecap but not fine in ones that go just above my ankle!? Can someone please explain why the length of the AFO brace has an impact on how my feet feel? I worry that i will have to give up sport and other activites that i regulate in due to the pain caused when wearing the new AFOs. Any help or advice would be much appreciated!
I was born in 2002 with club foot. While I’m only 13 my leg and foot are in great condition I’ve had surgery done many times and boots, casts and pretty much everything. My leg is fully straight but my calf muscle is very small and in a couple years I should be able to get plastic surgery to make it thr same size as me other one. I still go to physio every couple of months to check everything is okay and go to my doctor every year.
My 9 year old has bilateral club feet. He’s had many surgeries throughout his fairly short life. His feet must have been pretty severe at birth, and I know they are a bit of a consternation to his orthopedic surgeon and orthotist. His feet hurt a lot, but his doctor wants him to grow more before she starts fusing bones in his feet. He LOVES swimming, but it’s VERY difficult for him to walk at the pool. He walks on the sides of his feet; so he goes through water shoes pretty quickly. We tried Dawgs, but they hurt his feet because they come up higher than water shoes. His orthotist suggested wearing old DAFO’s, but he refused to do that; he doesn’t want people to perceive him as different. If anyone has any solutions to the pool, I’d love to hear them!
My husband who will be 43 in this month was born with bilateral clubfoot. He has found some hope that I thought I’d share after reading many of the post. He contacted The Hanger Clinic in Gig Harbor, Washington. They have a brace that many adults with clubfoot have discovered offer a new lease on life. We are in the process of raising funds for him to get them. Ryan and his team review each person to see if the device will benefit them. I hope this can help someone else. We are posting our information on social media using the #JimsBionicLegBraces, if you want to follow his journey. We are hoping to go to Washington next month.
I have been struggling with club feet all my life. I was born in 1958 and have pain everyday. I’m mostly struggling with finding shoes that I can wear. Mainly boots, for riding. I have had several surgeries also, and now have absolutely no movement in my right foot. My ortho doc. fused my ankle bone and leg bone together because of no cartilage. Bone on bone rubbing. Very painful. Now my foot wants/feels like I should crack it to relieve the pressure and swelling. Life goes on. I’m thankful that I have been able to walk this long.
Yes! i had multiple surgeries for talipes (l) as a child. Now 39 yrs old and have hip back and knee issues. I have always been very active so i think a lot of the pain experienced is down to altered and inefficient biomechanics caused by the talipes.
I was born with bilateral clubfoot in 1987 and my son, born in 2014, was also. While pregnant, this was something I worried about constantly. Both my son and I had surgery before 1 and we both wore casts for 10 weeks and special boots. My left foot is always stiff; however, thankfully, my son has full range of motion on both his feet. I was inspired to write and illustrate a children’s book for all children born with clubfoot. It is called “miracle shoes.” It is an inspirational book that shows babies born with clubfoot can be whatever they want to be. It helps parents, kids and siblings cope with this difficult process. Please visit my website it’s miracleshoesbook.com.
My daughter Ivy Beau was born with talapis in the right foot we have just started the boots and bar 3 month process after many set backs. Finding night times very hard getting her to sleep through like she use to its really upsetting. Ivy is 4 months old and is great during the day lifts her legs high and chatting away but night time she just can’t get comfortable. With a 4 year child as well and being a lone parent this whole process is very upsetting I can’t wait to get past the 23hrs a day!…I am very excited about bathing her this evening as you can’t with the cast’s on. To think club foot is related to more serious problems babies can have I feel I need to be grateful but sadly finding life very hard at the moment.
We have a new born after 10 yrs of marriage. When we learnt our baby will have club foot, we were crying. After birth we started casting. After 5 cast , 6th one fell off 3 times , doctor said it will be fine and every time he did cast couple of days after fell off. In those time we saw the foot seems coming back in first place. Again he said it’s ok. This morning I called him that it fell off he said come to tentotomy surgery that scheduled on 2nd may. Last night when checked his leg seems like little bit curved. We are worried if the doctor put casting wrong way that made curved!! If it really ok couple of days without cast??We are now suspicious if the foot will be corrected? If the doctor doing and saying right?
Should we go for second opinion??
Any input will be appreciated.
Hi new parent , maybe the doctor ain’t doing right. You should probably search for a good doctor. My son was cast 5 times. He is now now wearing the shoes…good luck
hello my daughter born with bilateral clubfeet and she is done with casting and tenotomy now I’m looking for someone who can donate shoes and bar for her i already contact our 0rg. and charity here in the philippine but unfortunately they don’t have available shoes and braces for her
Hi sorry to heard that my son has a use pair but he wear them for 7 months size 0. I don’t have the bar, since I’m using the bar with the new shoes .
my son has a clubfoot(rightside)only. We had it operated when he was 8 mos. old and due to financial shortage, we haven’t continue his therapy after surgery. Now he can walk but unfortunately, i’ve noticed that his calf is smaller than the normal one,then it’s starting to relapse again. I just would like to ask for your help/ expertise on what to do for it.
In Dublin where I live I’ve qualified for free physio in Ireland’s children hostipal. Money can be hard but having club foot it’s so important to really try.
Has anyone experience hip issues in adulthood due to complications from clubfoot? I’m having some mild aching and pain which also feels like I’m losing circulation in my leg
Thank you for all the stories, thank you for the hope and inspiration I feel today! I was very touched to know that I am not alone…Sincerely Kelli Palmiter I am 49 and I suffer from severe bilateral club foot.
Pls my 14 month daughter was born with bilateral club feet. We started the correction at 4days but she can’t stand let alone walk. Pls how long those it for kids with club feet to walk? Am in Nigeria, there is no hospital or shoe company producing the shoes for clubfeet kids. The club foot kids are left to their fate in Nigeria. Pls I need one for my daughter.
It isn’t unusual for children, even those without clubfeet, to walk later than 14 months. Evan was 19 months old before he started walking.
Visit this listing for Doctors in Nigeria – http://www.ponseti.info/ponseti-doctors-by-location.html Some of them even provide email addresses.
I hope this helps
My daughter started walking at 17 months. She is now 9 years old and doing well.
I am in Nigeria,my daughter is 15 months old and has been receiving treatment here in Nigeria,orthopaedic Enugu. She’s doing great and has just started standing while holding something. We’r about getting her next shoe size,let me Know if I can b of any help to u. Regards.
I was born in 1971 with bilateral club feet. I’ve just turned 45 and wanted to tell the goods with the bads that I’ve lived with (Not trying to be a hero or a whiner but probably trying to be both). Don’t know my exact medical history but I’ve had several soft tissue surgeries since birth. I have a lot of old scars with limited range of movement on the right ankle but I always felt that I needed to prove I was just as good or better than everyone else. Maybe this stems from a memory from primary gym class running with no shoes or socks and someone saying OMG whats wrong with your feet (seeing fresh red operation scares). I redirected my inner fire to be an award winning high school football player and a black belt in karate. Still I have dealt with arthritis contantly now but refuse to use it as an excuses. I now proudly serve in the Canadian Navy but I still live in pain and wonder about other non-intrusive techniques for Club Feet.
I was born with a sever right club foot. From what I understand my club foot is not typical as most of the tarsals are mis-shapen. As a baby I had the Ponseti procedure, then I had surgery to move my heel over. At 5 I had an Ilizarov and that straightened my foot really well and I wore a brace over time by foot rolled to the outside. I had corrective surgery again at 23. Now a year later I still have a lot of pain, I cannot walk correctly, and my foot is always swollen. I would like to be active outdoors, hike and run like I did at one time. I am considering a lower leg amputation. I would like to know if anyone has considered or done it and how it turned out. I have heard of people with severe foot pain having it done and it let them return to an active life.
This is a great site and so informative. I have two sons who were born with clubfeet. I am including this site in my weekly roundup to connect others to learn more about clubfeet! Cheers!
Hey mate. Yeah i have had no major issues (few back and knee problems) but have struggled a bit with running to achieve targets for specialist positions in law enforcement.
Hello my name is mark. We’ve just had our 4th and she was born with clubfoot. Now of course not covered by insurance asking for any advice on any assistance methods as alone travel just to get to the iwk is about 4 hrs and now undestamding costs of boots and so on is a bit to handle nb Canada
Everything will be covered if you go to Shriners Hospital. I know it is a longer way to travel but I would have travelled anywhere in the World to get the Ponsetti method for Evan if we had only known about it. The picture on the left here https://clubfootclub.org/about/ponseti-checklist/ above the word wrong is of my son. Treatment is much shorter with the Ponsetti method than what we experienced.
Hi im 39 years old and have talipes (left foot). I had surgery in scotland on my foot a couple of times when i was a baby (huge scars to show) did anyone else undergo surgery?
Hello Ben. I am 43 and I had bilateral talipes and corrective surgery when I was 9 in Cambridge. After a few years of physio I was discharged and all was well until about 7 years ago when I developed a lot of pain and also locking and instability in both ankles. I have had arthroscopic surgery in both ankles, injections, surgery on the front of the joint and also adaptive footwear. I have also developed very painful osteoarthritis in both ankles so no looking forward to the next few years
I’m almost 48 and born with clubfoot of right foot. Had 1st, and possibly 2nd surgery, in England when I was born. One surgery, 3rd?, was done in the U. S. Been active all my life, served in the military, and now starting to have issues. Living in Oklahoma at this time and wish I knew of a specialist here.
My son now aged 42 was born with left foot club.
He had his first surgery at six weeks old and was in a plaster to the top of his little leg.bless him.
He wore bars on his feet until he was eleven months old and so excitedly he walked at twelve months At 4 years of age the surgeon decided to operate again and was successful he wore orthopedic boots until he was eleven and also the bar across both feet until that she also. He went into
Plaster at four days old
He’s done lots of wonderful things and is now a dr of philosophy in chemical engineering.He had a wonderful surgeon
Hi I did in 1975, now suffer back problems and pain in leg and hip also cold foot all the time. I live in the new forest. Graeme
My 9 yr. Old son is having tibial tendon transfer surgery soon to hopefully stop his left foot from relapsing any more. He had bilateral clubfeet so they did casting, surgeries, the bar, and braces. I am grateful because I know it could always be worse. I was wondering if other people on here had the bone poking through the outside of the ankles at birth like my son did.
Hi – my daughter (3.5) has unilateral left clubfoot. It’s a mild version, so she was treated with casts for 3 weeks, then a brace for 3 months, then nothing else. It seemed fine. When she was 2, i took her back, because of her walking gait. Doctor changed the diagnosis to, what a gather is a sub-diagnosis, foot-drop. The doctor we currently see says he think she’ll be a candidate for tendon transfer surgery when shes 5. How has it gone with your son? Improvements, regression? What should I expect following surgery as far as pain and how long and other treatment? Also, since it’s been nearly a year, have you seen improvement? Thanks
My granddaughter Makayla was born with bilateral club feet. She got casted, had surgery and is supposed to wear braces on her feet at night because she needs more surgery. My daughter Gina and her husband have been extremely irresponsible and allow my granddaughter to not wear the braces. When she was little and at my house I always got her to wear her “dancing shoes,” but at home it was like it was no big deal. She is almost 9 and particularly her right foot is getting worse. We just had a big fight because I fear the consequences if Makayla doesn’t wear her braces. When she runs it is so awkward already. What can I do? Does anyone have a video of the consequences of not doing as much as possible to try to make her feet the best they can be???
All I want to do is say thank you for evolving me means a lot felt all alone my hole life now I can help people with club foot as much as I can
I found this site felt good to hear stories like mine an to give advice know matter what doctors say. I’ve proofed them wrong so can you.
I am 34 and have a severe degenerative form of clubfoot I skateboard bmx parcore hike rockclimb don’t let people tell you different watch videos and come up with your own way of doing things but worry about back problems it’s hard you can have a normal life I’m handicapped and I made all my friends in skateboarding and all out door activities look bad so you have a chance
Wow! I just stumbled upon this site. I was born in 1969 with 2 clubbed feet and 1 twisted leg. My cousin, who is 1 year older had 1 clubbed foot. My parents never really said much to me about it, but I’ve seen pictures. I had shoes that appeared to be on the wrong feet and there was a bar attached to the bottom of both shoes. My mom said they had to keep strapping my feet down tighter and tighter. My cousin had her leg in a cast. We were both delayed in walking due to the cast and brace. I went on to become a varsity cross country runner as well as a track and field runner. I went to the state championships in 10th grade. However, I had extreme shin splints (that took about 10 years to heal) and discovered one leg was longer than the other. After getting a wedge for the short leg, my knee problems went away. Now that I’m 45 I’m having more foot and ankle problems and it never crossed my mind it could be all related. This is fascinating. I will do more research and tell my podiatrist about the club feet. I will also tell my mom that it wasn’t because I was a big baby!
I just stumbled upon this site all forms of clubfoot don’t worry just study videos an come up with own I’d did the same thing for skateboarding.
I was born with both feet club. Being in the hospital a lot at a young age, my mom was always asked who I was she would say you remember her she’s the Crippled one. My beloved mom didn’t know what that did to my self-confidence. Today I have osteoarthritis & can do very little without going into a flare up for a couple days unable to walk. I need to know what type shoes I should be wearing now at 62, and what kind of pain Meds can be taken on a daily basis that is not a narcotic? Thanks.
To CellaD,I, too, was born with both feet club. I, too, get bad days when I get a lot of pain in my feet and I start limping.
I am 76 years old. I find ankle supports help and aid my walking and take some of the pain away!
Tell me how you get on–email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Can someone leave an address where I can mail used braces to Africa? The old ones…..white little boots with laces with a gold bar.
The address can be found here – https://clubfootclub.org/help/donate-orthotics/
Does anyone here know if the adresses listed for donation in Papua New Guniea and Uganda still accept used gear? We have a big box of boots and bars left over from our daughter’s treatment which we would like to donate. Thanks!
Yes Christina the addresses will still accept your boots and bars
Thanks! I’ll get them boxed and shipped asap!
Hello Christina. My daughter now 1year 7 months old. Diagnosed with bilateral clubfoot since birth. The left foot still hard inwardly make her easily fall down or twisted when getting up. I will gladly accept if you can help me with the shoes and bars. I am really appreciate. I wish you and your family well and happy. My emel email@example.com
My son is in 5th grade and has a clubfoot. He is being made fun of at school because his leg and foot are much smaller than the other one. Any suggestions on how to help and support him would be appreciated. Thank you.
Bullying is so awful. I did hear my son respond to someone who teased him about the way he runs “well it’s just a good thing I can run at all”. Kids teased me mercilessly about my curly hair and I lacked self-confidence so it was really hard. Helping him to be strong and confident that he is wonderful the way he is is the best thing you can do. Helping him to prepare for the teasing, to have words ready to respond when things are said may help him.
Hi Erin! I’m sorry this is happening. Hang in there and hugs to you guys. Show him a little bit about Tony Spineto. He’s a clubfoot triathlete. You can friend him on FB and reach out to him. His son also has clubfoot and is around the same age as your son! 🙂
Also, join the many clubfoot Facebook groups: “clubfoot mommas” “clubfoot is treatable” just to name a few…there are tons!
If you haven’t seen pictures of club feet, look. You deserve to know what ails you. See an orthopedist, maybe get a 2nd opinion. You probably have compensated, walking on the side of your foot. Thin legs are just thin legs.i’m in the northeast U.S. Get a referral from you primary care MD or check phone books, get referrals from anyone with experience with orthopedists. Good luck. Don’t suffer.
Hi sorry to hear this. Kids can be cruel as they don’t understand try also goggle Steven Gerard a famous footballer who plays for Liverpool and is going to America to play football. Big hug to you guys xx
I was bullied all through elementary, middle, and high school. I’d hear thingsblike peg leg or other crude jokes. Honestly its tough on any kid. There isn’t any solution. The best way to handle it I found is to just ignore them, or just say OK or thank you. It shows its not bothering you and they eventually stop.
***looking for advice****
My name is Megan.
My son is almost two. He has a left clubfoot. We are using the Ponseti method. I need advice on helping his to sleep better. He cries at night as if he is in pain. We have been through this before but it seems like this time is worse! Please share with meant advice or support! Thank you. Msw9133@gmail.com
Hi megan! Is this a new behavior! Check the width of th bar and the fit of the boots, what bnb are you in? Please join the Facebook groups “Clubfoot is treatable” “Clubfoot mommas” and there are more! It’s more active and you will get immediate help!
Every time my baby cried that intensely after casting it was the width of the bar. I seem to recall it should be set as wide as his shoulders.
My son has been diagnosed with intoeing and needs the Dennis Brown Brace while sleeping-he is 16 months old. I need tips/advice support of how to get it going I feel this is such a horrible way to fix this. He lasted 5 hours last night and tonight we will try again.
We didn’t go through this but I’m sure Evan would have had a better result if he had been put in the DBB. Please join the Facebook Group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/6428200812/ – There will be other parents there who can help.
I’ve read the stories and found them interesting because I have had clubfeet from birth but I survived with the affliction. I am now an old man of 76 and still hurting in some ways, mentally and physically.
Please come to my blog and read a story and comment right on the blog.
Scroll down on the blog to find many stories.
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Dear Parents & Family of clubfoot little ones,
Hello from “downunder”. My little boy was born with clubfoot and is now 2. I have not had an easy time of it with lots of sleep deprivation which is ongoing and my own health problems (sleep problem not related to his as well!). I’m sure there is lots of you who are sleep deprived too.
I found it so hard to find clothes for my little boy after 6 months and found it frustrating to say the least. I now have my own business (just me only sewing and running it) after leaving the corporate world due to shingles and have started to sew clothes and bar covers etc for our little toughies. The aim is to help other kids and also donate a little bit of money at the same time to CF charities. I launched on Monday and have $1.50 AUD to donate. It’s not much but it’s a start. The business is http://www.practicallyorganized.com.au if you are interested at all. I ship worldwide. I also will make custom bar covers as well on request. I take direct deposit for anyone without PayPal.
It’s not an easy road but I hope with support from each other to make it easier mentally and physically.
Suzanne Lee (you can find me on Facebook under my business name if anyone wants to chat or message me).
My brother received very bad treatment for clubfoot in 2006. He was born with his big toes testing on the insides of his legs, which from what I’ve seen is more bent than most babies are born with. He had below the knee casting “so he could move and develop more” followed by posteromedial release at only 3 months and 1 week.
He now is seeing a better doctor, and is going to need at least two more surgeries on his feet. His feet hurt. His feet are very stiff. I feel so guilty that I did not push harder for my mom to get a second opinion, that I just watched her accept what the doctor was doing and saying. I feel so angry that this doctor is still providing poor treatment, and so many other doctors are. I feel so angry that the possibility of going a mere 3 hours away to Iowa for treatment was something we never even knew was possible.
Every child deserves the best feet they can get, especially when the treatment is so cheap and the materials are so accessible. I cannot comprehend why the doctors are not providing the best treatment they can.
I just started a support group for parents of children born with clubfoot on Facebook. Please check it out, I wish I would have had it around when my little guy was first born. https://www.facebook.com/groups/860618920628977/
For me it great to get to read more about this. I was born with Double Club feet and had my first surgery when I was 7 months old and now Im 17 years old.
I am a teacher in New Zealand and I work at a special needs school. The students I work with have Cerebral Palsy and all wear AFO’s and the hatchback type shoes worn with the AFO’s. As my students’ bodies change regularly we are always needing to have new AFO’s and shoes made for them. The orthotics center used to take the old ones but now they do not. I am trying to find places where we could possible donate the AFOs as they are still in really good condition. Would these types of splints and shoes benfit the people who you work with.
You can send them to the Philippines Clubfoot Shoe Exchange
c/o CHERRYLYN H. RUIZ
A lot of kids in the Philippines that has clubfoot have very limited opportunity to have AFOs.
This will be a great help and a lot of cf kids will benefit from your donation!
I am Tanmay Vora, 30 from India. My son had a CTEV & got resolved through shalby Hospital Ahmedabad. We followed a ponseti method. 6 serial plaster & followed by tenotomy. intially for the 6 months He had to wear Splint with BAR but now as he grows bar has been removed now he was advised to wear AFO without Bar..we are comfortable & son grows gradually. He cant walk right now but we hope to see him walking soon.thanks for allow me to share my story.
I have a Quaetion..A procedure called a tenotomy is usually part of treatment. The Achilles tendon is often cut in an office procedure to complete the correction of the foot. How much time required generally the tendon has to regenerate a proper length.?
i m from Ahmedabad.
my new born is also having club foot.and we are going for ponseti method for correctio.
can you just give me the feedback regarding ur kids progress
I was diagnosed with this condition in both my feet in the 1960’s and went through a series of operations from 4 years old up to 12 years old including tendon transfer and finally the trilateral bone fusion. It was a defining experience of my childhood but one for which I am grateful now at the age of 54 and still being able to walk and enjoy life. I was never an athlete ! but those operations helped me to stay involved and enter my profession of teaching. So nice to have a site such as this and to share my experience and to identify with others journeys. Two of my sons also have milder forms – the journey continues! Darryl WA Aust
Darryl, I have had exactly the same experiences you have – same surgeries and am the same age. I was treated by Dr. Ponsetti in my early years, but ended up with a few surgeries. It’s nice to know there are others out there who have gone through the same life experiences. I have had an achilles tendon tear on my left foot in 2001, and most recently an anterior tibilalis tendon tear on the same in February of this year. I’m wondering if others have had any tendon issues as adults. Thank you for sharing.
I was born in 1972. I had right club foot. I was started on special shoes and fixation bar when I was 2 months old. Not sure how long I was barred but I remember corrective shoes until 3-4 years old. I’m now 43 and having serious Achilles issues. Could it be related?
i have a months old son who was borm with bilateral clubfoot. we have his treatment at the philippine orthopedic center
we are om braces now with the help of other cf parents coz we camy afford to buy. because of this we started a facebook page that receives donated braces and redistribute it to cf kids that cant afford to buy. pls help us with this advocacy. add me at facebook. gheghel obierna and message me. thanks
Dear..each braces has its own standard measurement of Ankle size & shape…It is advisable to get it new with original measurement of son’s Leg..plz dont consider as a expense…It is a Investment behind your Son’s Leg..
Your riddle/jokes page is possibly the greatest thing on the internet. Sorry about what happened to your kids.
My son was re-casted at two years old after some mobility was lost. It was casted for about 4 weeks. Now he won’t walk on it and complains it hurts and will barely let us touch it. I feel like I don’t even want to take him to doctor because it seemed fine to me before recasting and now he can’t walk! Has this happened to anyone else? I’m so worried about when he will walk again.
I was casted numerous times as a child. I was also put in bar shoes at about the same age where i was told i threw tantrums and wouldn’t walk. I did eventually walk. Make sure exercises are done and inserts are worn as they get older.Best of luck.
My nephew’s name is Ferdinand and we called him ghummy as his nickname. He is 7 months old, Filipino and born with Moebius syndrome associated with clubfoot. He got 4 cast already until he developed some blister on his extremities and was decided to stop. The doctor opted to remove the cast so it won’t complicate.Now he’s on wadding pad with bandage to immobilize his feet. His feet now are gradually improving.The doctor said to make an order of ponsetti shoes but my sister cannot afford it and only in US can order the said shoes. We are so blessed enough that someone in US donated a boots and unfortunately without a bar. We are praying that someone could donate us a boots with bar. His foot size is 5inch and 13cm. We are so blessed to find a support group like this. Thank you and God bless.
my daughter was born with clubfoot bilaterally. She is 5 years old now and is an active preschooler. It hasn’t been an easy journey as she has had many surgeries, castings, botox injections and bracing with boot and bar and now AFOs. I am so glad to see a website to support parents of club foot children or people with club foot themselves. I will be donating used braces/ AFOs. Thank you for the links
I live in goa,India. I am looking for a pair of shoes & brace for my 3 month old. Please help.
You can purchase them here – http://www.c-prodirect.co.uk/ or see if you can get them through CURE International India Trust
Hope this helps.
This is Rao from India, I am 32 years old, I have clubfoot both, still I never get surgery for my clubfoot, now I wish to get surgery for my clubfoot.
so please advice me
Thanks for your message. I recommend that you contact CURE International India Trust for advice and direction to local medical attention.
All the best,
Thanks you so much for your reply & advice
I am Tsegay and I have a son of age 6 years and 2 months. Until yesterday I did not realize that he had clubfoot problem for he has also neck problem that lean down towards left. when I brought him to a doctor he did not help but when I heard about clubfoot and took him to doctor who have advert on radio broadcast they find it is clubfoot problem. So far what I have referred in the website it is curable but in earlier ages. As I am from Ethiopia where the medication is poor both in its equipment and medical calibers. Thus I wish you help me in sending digital books and voluntary doctors list that consult me via the internet.
Have my best wishes that flow from the bottom of my heart
with best regards,
My daughter was recently prescribed a Denis-Browne splint to wear to sleep. It keeps falling off in the middle of the night. Is there a secret to keeping these shoes on her? Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.
I’m not the best one to respond as Evan’s treatment didn’t even include shoes with bars! So I have no personal experience with this.
Have a look here – https://clubfootclub.org/about/braces/ – The Ponseti AFO is designed to be more comfortable for the baby making it much easier to accept then the previous Denis Browne Bar, parents are more able to use it and the baby will sleep through the night.
You can also ask on the Facebook group. There will be parents there with experience and tips. Hope this helps.
as i remember we had that problem too, my daughters foot would always slip out of the left or both shoes at night. The only advice I have is to pad the heel and back of the shoe with a insert to build up the heel space your baby might be missing ( I cut up a cheap adult sized one) which is giving her the room to slip out. Also tightening the laces tighter than you would like to to really secure that little foot in there.
I’m 49 yrs old, born with bilateral clubfoot in NJ. Multiple castings, not sure about number of surgeries, then braces, shoes . . . I thought I was home free and “normal” compared to masses. Now older and wiser I’m learning of many side effects I had no idea about when younger. For ex.- tight, maybe shorter Achilles’ tendon, small calfs, skinny legs, pain in ankle joint, some of which has decreased ability on the ski slope and other sports. Can’t stand up for long periods of time without extreme fatigue and long recovery period, e.g- working a trade show for 3-4 hours and that length of time gets shorter and shorter each year before I get fatigued.
I share this info. to learn from others, to know I’m not alone, maybe learn how to overcome some of these imperfect situations whether through exercise, therapies, list of doctors possibly for adults dealing with these long term consequences. I appreciate any feedback and the opportunity to share.
I’ve had much of the same problem, only for most of my life, but getting worse with age. I’m In my 40’s and i was recently diagnosed with having arthritis in both ankles. I’m looking to have a nerve test done, thinking that nerves may have been damaged during surgery. I find the new balance inserts or the ones from wall mart (the ones where a machine tells you what inserts to get) make walking bearable. Note: a full shoe size larger is required with NB.
I am now 54 years old and have lived with arthritic ankles for a number of years now. Being on my feet for extended periods was crippling – not helped by increasing weight – which was not helped by limited ways to exercise (catch 220 6 years ago with acute ankle pain in my right foot I ended up having a splint to hold my ankle rigid to avoid further ankle fusions – the ankle has naturally fused and I am free of the splint and using a much improved orthotic insert. Having now lost over 30kg (and counting ) through weight watchers my movement is improving immensely. Life has been difficult but with good Podiatiric care and healthy lifestyle changes it is being managed
Hi. My name is Caitlin Hylton and I was born with clubfeet (both feet). I started a clubfoot awareness page on Facebook in hopes to start a fundraising initiative in my home town and at my school. I hope it was ok that I shared your website on my page!!!
Hi just wanted to give back!
My son turned 8 this summer! Wow how time flies. He was born with club feet on both his right and left feet. He was treated in Toronto, Ontario with the Ponsetti method. We used the shoes until he was 3 every night! I have two younger kids without club feet and wonder how we ever managed to tie up those laces so many times – but we did. Now 8 years later I can say that my son has no side effects from club feet – he deosnt even know he had anything wrong with his feet. He just qualified for elite hockey and there is no stopping him. I am sure that his calves are weaker then his fellow teammates but e knows no difference. My word of advice is if you do get the Ponsetti method be sure to get those boots on for as many years as you can at night! Your child will grow up like any other child.
From one club foot mom to another..
Born in the early fifties with bilateral clubfeet. Wish there was a
support system like this when I was a kid. Thanks for offering us
clubbies a place to share.
Hi im a single mom with a 4mos old baby. My baby has clubfeet. We’re in San Francisco. We go to the hospital every week to put his cast on every week we need to go there to change it like about 16 casting all in all then finally they said their going to put him on shoes suddenly when we arrived and put him on a shoe they only put the sure step brace for a mom like me that really worried cause i thought that he will have the shoes with the bar because that one will really help him but i think because the shoes that I’m expecting is cost a lot of money to the healthy San Grancisco insurance that why they didnt get that instead they give this one im very very sad cause my son will going to use the surestep shoes until he gets older in short he will rely on that until he get used to it.then im curious to find some ways to help my son i prayed then i saw this article website that your been helping for donation for those kids with the clubfooted and i hope this message will be read and help us to have this particular clubfoot shoes that your giving away cause he really needed so badly please help us especially my son his lovable child i hope and pray somebody give us attention for this matter thankyou so much and godbless you all
Please read this about the Ponseti Method. If your doctor isn’t doing this method find a different doctor. If it is a money issue… go to Shrinner’s they are free. I think you have a doctor who is doing old methods. Get another opinion from this list of Ponseti Trained Doctors.
I have a daughter, 21 years of age, born with severe bilateral club feet. She had three sets of surgeries before age 2 1/2 to correct them. About a year ago she had a fusion surgery in her right foot. Now she suffers from much pain.
Two types of questions: 1) how are other people managing pain in the feet, calves and hips? Has anyone tried electrical stimulation such as a TENS device? 2) what type of medical specialist provides club foot care in adulthood? The surgeons seem to lose interest in the patient after about age 15.
I know exactly what you mean. When a surgeon sees that there is nothing more surgically to do that’s it. I haven’t found any specialist that can help. Especially now, those who had surgery — before the Ponseti method became so popular — have been abandoned by the medical community.
Many thanks for your comment. Today, my daughter is visiting with a pain clinic and she is trying the TENS therapy as an alternative to meds. I am curious whether other people have worked with electrical stimulation for pain management. Also, what has been people’s experience with podiatrists?
My son just turned 10 on July 4th and thanks to a feed on facebook that I saw this morning, I now know what happened to Ethan. He was born with most of his toes not fully developed, a couple of them had what appeared to be “rings” around them and his left foot was turned up toward his leg. The doctors told me when he was born that this was called club foot and he went through all of the casting until he was 2 years old at which point they did surgery. Through all of this, all the doctors would tell me was that they did not know what causes it and had no explanation for his underdeveloped toes or bands around them. I have always suspected that there were some sort of strands of either tissue or skin that had wrapped around his toes and feet but until now have never heard of ABS. I am so thankful to actually have an explanation for my son now (not that it changes anything), it is just nice to finally know what went wrong.
I was born with Bilateral Club feet. It was so severe that the surgeon didn’t even both with the standard corrective treatments, instead opting to simply go into surgery when I was a month old. I’ve had 13 surgeries, including one to remove a tendon from my knee and place it on the inside of my right foot with a plastic tube to make my muscle work again. I’m now 22 and extremely active, though I do deal with occasional sharp pains and an almost constant aching in my lower back; nothing debilitating.
My name is Mike and I have son name Claudio with Bilateral Clubfeet he is going to be 4 months old on the 28 of May. He is a happy healthy baby always with a smile. We didn’t know that he had club feet until he was born and even then I didn’t know until the nurse said something although my wife knew immeditaly that something was wrong but ignorance is bliss. At 4 days old we started the casting process at Denver’s Children’s Hospital with the ponseti method (i knew nothing about clubfeet until 4 months ago)and we are just starting the foot braces and physical therapy. It has been hard on me and my wife but we are super positive that he will be just fine. He will need one more tenotomy on the right foot as it was more severe than the left, the next big hurdle is the MRI to determine if he has a tethered cord. I would like to thank all the doctors who treat club feet and to all the people with club feet you are awesome and a big thanks to Ruth Evans mom thank you for this website it has help me out more than I can express with words THANK YOU!!
Claudio update got his MRI results backs and no tethered spinal cord, so now we just have to work on those cute little feet!!!!
Claudio update in December 5 our little man had what is hopefully his last tenotomy on both feet.
Update. After 6 weeks of casting little Claudio is doing great and his feet look good, it looks like this time the Tenotomies went really really well and we are now only using the ponseti shoes at naps and night time. He starts therapy here pretty soon too. We are very lucky, thank you!
Claudio update; after starting therapy we were encouraged by our therapist to seek a second opinion because his right foot still didn’t look right and the bones were not in the proper location, and he has had 2 tendotomy on his left and 3 on his right. After about a week of talking it over we decided to go ahead and go see another doctor about Claudio, we made an appointment with Dr. Morcunde in Iowa at the university hospital and we made the right decision. It has made things a lot more difficult because of the travel (it is not cheap either) where before all we had to do was to drive to Denver, but we are on track with a great doctor and staff. So since then Claudio was in casts for 4 weeks and now he is using the boots and bar for 18 hours a day, he is 15 months old and we are hoping he starts walking soon.
Hi my name is Angie and I am 39 yrs old. I was born with a clubfoot, right foot. Back then the only option was surgery and we were fairly new to Canada so my mother didn’t know a word of english. Other than knowing they were fixing my foot she didn’t really know what was happening. I went for years not knowing what was wrong with my foot.
I had a full leg cast, some type of shoe brace after the cast came off. I did physio as a child.
Today, my foot is 2 sizes smaller than the left foot. It rolls slightly to the side, I have knee pain and I believe arthritis may be a concern. Some days I get such severe pain that I cannot put any weight on my foot at all, but for the most part, things are good.
I’m glad to see websites and facebook pages. For the longest time I thought I was the only person born with a “strange” foot.
Hi, Angie. My name is Margie. I am 62, and am in the US. I too, was born with a right clubfoot, needing casts until walking age, white prescription ” baby” shoes, (I had a little trouble with a girl named Sherry in first grade over that one, until my mother spoke with the teacher.) I had surgery at age eight, then brown high top shoes prescribed at age nine. Other than that, and the fact I could never think about toe dancing, (I had a tu tu just for play.), I sailed through childhood. My foot has always been two sizes smaller, and now I have a callus on outside edge that gives me some pain. I can’t hop on my right foot, never could. I have had several foot and leg infections that put me in the hospital, and now, some kind of circulation problem causing me severe stinging pain in one spot on my right calf. This lasts usually fifteen minutes at a time. That doesn’t mean it will happen to you. The most problem I have now is I put more weight on my other foot, and I have developed a callus on the ball of that foot that burns sometimes. I forgot, my right foot swells too, now, when I don’t keep it elevated. That’s a tough one.
I knew in reality I couldn’t be the only one, I just wasn’t acquainted with any. There are probably relatively few, which is I’m guessing the reason my surgeon finally went into sports medicine. He released me by age fourteen saying my mother could bring me back later if we wanted to shorten one foot and lengthen the other! She instantly didn’t like that idea, but now I wish she had.
Replying to Melissa:
I don’t know where you live but you need much more info. & to contact an orthopedist. Get a referral from your Primary Care MD. Or someone who knows one. You don’t need to suffer. Your clubfeet may be milder judging by what you’ve done. I’m familiar with my bar, several casts, 12 surgeries 3 mosa12 yrs. Mine were severe bilateral turned all the way inward. It’s a lot to go through. I crawled & walked at normal times in walking casts-very indecent. Interesting your cousin also hasd 1 clubfoot. Are you on the same side of your family. Check into recessive autosomal gene & chromosome. I think I have a heredity factor in that my maternal great-grandmother had one. Good luck.
I have custody of my 22 month old grandson. He had corrective surgery on 12/18/2012. He has been given AFOs that are calf high. They have two velcro straps. His little feet are always sweaty at the end of the day. He has continually carried these cute, well made Sketchers shoes around. Today I put him in socks and those shoes. Am I doing a bad thing?
I’ll email you directly
Hi, I am from Poland. My son was born with left clubfoot. We started Ponseti treatment method in his 3rd week of life. He’s 4 months now and he is still wearing plaster cast (now it’s 13) which is changed at weekly intervals.I have read that according Ponsetti method 6-8 plaster casts should overcorrect the foot. In our case treatment is prolonged. The foot is stiff. The doctors says that our son will have a surgery, but they did not confirmed it still. I would like to ask if there is a possibility that so long plaster casting could affect on foot deformity? Our doctor said that it’s not possible. Do anybody of you have any experience in such long treatment? It would be nice to get some more information from people with the same problem as mine. Thx!
I have two questions for those with a unilateral clubfoot that was corrected at a young age. 1. For those in their teens, do you ever get pain in the back of your knee, calf, and achillies? Also, For those who are older, do your muscles in your leg deteriorate, like either muscular atrophy of distrophy?
I was born in 1977, and am 35 now. Had unilateral clubfoot in my left foot. I had two operations as a small child, one to lengthen my achilles tendon and another to lengthen the anterior tibial ligament. I have been very active throughout my life playing many sports, however I have had some challenges. My left foot and leg always fatigued faster than the right and got very sore after running. This became more prevalent during my teenage years. Slowly over time I started having other injuries due to my always compensating for the lack of strength and balance in my left leg. Istarted having some back issues. Soreness, stiffness and I have had some slippage of discs more recently. PT and core strengthening helped quite a bit with that. I also started wearing an athletic ankle brace which greatly improved my stability and stamina. I now wear Mueller “the one” ankle brace on a daily basis. Walking has become more painful, as is everything for that matter, and I believe I’m starting to experience some arthritic issues along with some pain in my left knee and hip. So even though I dont let it slow me down during the day I do pay for it later. I’m sure things will get worse down the road and have been looking for options on other treatments. The worst is getting up on my feet in the morning. Lots of stretching and waming up muscles. But everything pops until it’s in the right place and then I go about my day. Just dont let it get you down. It only makes you stronger.
I don’t get DB AFO braces in my town in India.how can I access to one of those donated shoes for my 4month old daughter?
You will need to talk to one of the Ponseti trained Doctors on this list. You can also purchase the brace online from c-prodirect. I no longer collect braces personally, braces are sent directly to CBM projects in Africa and Papua New Guinea.
My daughter Nikkai was also born with club feet she is fifteen years old now but still attending the doctors are saying that the only thing they can do now is a surgery call cold fusion
I think what you are referring to as cold fusion is arthrodesis where two or more bones are fused together. The surgeon uses bone from somewhere else in the body. This is a procedure done on older patients who may have had other surgeries in the past.
I am 58years old born with bilateral talipes. Live in England.
Unfortunately all entries from October 2011 to February 2013 have been lost. I wasn’t fast enough moving them over from the old guestbook system. 🙁
How did you go about collecting used braces to be sent on to reuse?? My son has a club foot and I would like to donate his old brace and contact his dr’s office to have them collect used braces to be forwarded on to children who could use them
I contacted CBM’s Canadian office and arranged to have them ship the used orthotics in containers they are sending overseas.
Check out the Club Foot groups on Facebook.
1) adults/ teens with Clubfoot
2) born with clubfoot
Lots of activity, helpful information, and wonderful new friends waiting to meet you all.
I WAS BORN IN 1955, I HAD DOUBLE CLUB FEET,IN1958(ish),I HAD THE FIRST DYLWYN THOMAS OPERATION,WHICH WAS SURGICAL AND PHYSIO,I HAD FULL PLASTER CASTS(6 months each),THEN PHYSIO FOR MONTHS AFTER,NOW I AM FINE , SOMETIMES I GET ARTHRITIC ACHES AND PAINS, BUT GENERALLY FINE, I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF ANYBODY ELSE HAS HAD SIMILIAR OPERATIONS.7KUB
I was born with double club feet in 1953, treated with casts, and then at age 2 had lengthening of the tendo-achilles bilaterally. By about the age of 30 I had trouble standing in one place very long, although walking did not cause problems. Now at 59 both ankles are covered with large purple veins and I still can’t stand up stationary very long. Also there is not much flexibility in my ankles: when barefoot my heels don’t even touch the floor.
Donald have you found a web site that sales wide width shoes with at least a two inch heel on them I was also born club foot in both feet and all my parents would let the Drs do was put my feet in a cast they wouldn’t let them cut my heel cords down my feet hurt so bad that sometimes I cry they feel so tight on the bottoms do you also suffer from this. Also
Replying to Celia:
I am so very sorry for your mother’s comment about her own child. I think you have to accept her intolerance, maybe lack of experience and shock. Try to let it go. Have a real or imaginary but aloud conversation with her. Tell how hurtful it was and how inappropriate. You are kind to call her beloved and realize she didn’t know how hurt you were.
Osteoarthritis-see a rheumatologist who can manage your pain. Share your concern about narcotics. Some people swear by alive. I trust an Rx from an MD.
Shoes-you might benefit from molded shoes as I do and have since I was about 45. They make an impression of each foot, send it to a specialized shoemaker and it is costly but made for YOU. Your shape of foot. You may want to see a podiatrist for that. Mine had a father who did what I described & was a podiatrist. My shoes came from Buffalo, NY to CT. Good luck especially with arthritis.
We’re very experienced with spina bifida and bad clubfeet (mine were not diagnosed until my middle thirties). I have had one surgery related to this and a lot of time spent in orthotist offices along the way while being a broadcast engineer and parent of SB kids with clubfeet and my wife with same. I will soon need another surgery along with more bracing at night and my AFO braces which get my job done. Thanks for your site’s help and perspectives from parents and adults and kids. At my job, most of us in engineering have had clubfeet, we’re collectively known in our industry as the Clubfoot Crew and proud of it.
I had a son Feb.25, 2010. He was born with a left club foot. They say its a mild case. He has to have serial casting for the next 6 weeks and then have his achillies tendon clipped after that… then
a cast that stays on for 3 weeks and then the Dennis-Browne bar brace for 3 months … 23 hours a day and then every night when he sleeps until he is 4!!! The doctor keeps telling me it will be ok and
we wont even know he had a clubfoot after this process is done. But i read some of these stories on here and I’m not so sure. Right now it doesnt look like his one calf will be smaller than the
other.. they look the same. Im sure that will change as he grows and gets older. I dont want him to have a hard life because of this…. the thought of that kills me!!! I feel so bad for my baby!! Can
anyone tell me a good story that ends they way i want it to… or are these children doomed to a life of teasing and pain. I really hope not… please someone tell me there happy ending 🙂
I was born in 1946 and was diagnosed with clubfoot of my left foot. It’s been a difficult journey, but groups like this make it much easier. Thank you for the support.
Robert King, Placentia
My youngest son Deante was born with bilateral congenital clubbed feet. He is 14 months old now. he is doing great.
Tanya, Reed City Michigan USA
I was born in 1976 an diagnosed with club foot of my right foot. After having a great doctor and a successful surgery I was able to function like anyone else! But after 26 years of playing sports walking and going to the gym I am begining to feel pain on the outer side of my ankle. If anyone has a great doctor in the central coast of California that can help me I would greatly appreciate it if you could e-mail me!!!!! Thanks,
Nancy, Hollister California
Catching up with my data files. Ruth, I have a job at a trauma centre at the moment and have been even busier. I haven’t forgotten you and will try to keep in touch. Thanks for your support for the children of Papua New Guinea.
Dr. Annette Holian, Australia
My son is 9 years old and has bilateral club feet and Cerebral Palsy Pat has thinning of the calf muscle and toeing (his toes always sit on top of each other) I now know that the type of C.P. Patrick has causes deformity of the lower extermities tighting of muscles, heel cord problems and contrature of muscles Does anyone have a child with Cerebral Palsy and club feet?
Thanks Fran Wyrsch and Pat too!
It’s great to see a community for us clubfoots. Rock on.
Anna, Talula, LA
I’m 39 yrs old and I have a club foot…
Angela, Woodland, Calif.
I am 14 years old and doing a report on clubfoot. I think this site is very good and has helped a lot with my research. I am even using the picture of your son on my powerpoint presentation. Thanks for all the great info.
Paul, Philaelphia, Pennsylvania
Born with severe deformity to both feet. Mother was born with one clubfoot. Amazing advances between generations.
Carleton Place, Ontario, Canada
hi! I’m a 19 years old girl that suffered bilateral club foot when I was born (I have a twin sister that also had it but with her, the conventional treatment worked very well), but my case is a bit different because the first cast that they put me wasn’t removed until almost a month had passed, so surgery was required because my right foot was motionless in a talus position. I needed months of rehabilitation and treatment,(I still remember when I couldn’t sleep because of the denis browne splint!! 😉 But now all those days have passed and I am happy because my life is completely normal, although my calf muscles are underdeveloped and I need inner soles.
I would like to thank you for your work in this web side. each day I read a bit of it and I can learn more about my pathology. If I find something that could be useful for you, I will let you know. Give Evan a huge hug!!!
Ps: sorry because my english is not very good, but I’m doing my best 😉
Nerea, Barcelona, Spain
Excellent – very informative
My son Seth is now 7 1/2 years old. He was born with bilateral clubfeet. He went thru the casts and surgery, then braces for 3 months. He now has been doing ok, some pain especially after baseball. He is in karate and doing well. His legs look just the other pictures I’ve seen of other kids. His calf muscles are under developed, he has toeing in and his little toes curl under his other toes. The only thing I noticed he has a hard time with is standing on his toes- he can’t do it. Thanks for listening.
Julie Demerly, Mayville, Michigan USA
My son is 6 mos. old and has unilateral (right) clubfoot and a missing toe on that foot. He had his first cast on at 3 days old and still wears a cast. He has had a tendon release and is scheduled to have a posterio medial release in May 2003. Much of the information posted here has helped me make the decisions I have made. I hope my little man will be as happy as Evan looks!!
Eva, Queens, NY
My son was born with bilateral clubfeet, he is 2 years old, has had surgery and awaits repeat surgery. I have found loads of clubfoot info on the web, but missed this site (info overload, maybe!) and am pleased to have found such a clear, informative site. I’m also excited about spreading the word in the UK about sending and re-using splints.
Sarah Parker, Bournemouth, England, UK
Our son is 13 months old, born with severe bilateral clubfeet, 3 surgeries, night/nap AFO’s, now walking with in toeing. Waiting to see surgeon.
This is a great site! I will be sending Ryan’s old splints to New Guinea this week!
Kerriann, Bay Shore, NY USA
Our Daughter was born with abs and club foot. She is now 2 and we are working hard to get her through all the surgeries we are now using shriners and that has been the best for us so far.
DEREK AND NICOLLE WILLIS, Deer River, mn usa
My son was born with club feet and when we first saw it my husband and I didn’t really know how find out about it so I am thrilled to see all the web sites that can explain and other Parents can understand it better. My son is 4yrs old now and he is doing great he may need at least one more surgery but he is doing well.
Amy Snyder, Blaine
I really like your site and it was also very helpful.
Kristina Landrum, Boonville
You have a great site. This helps parents who are new to having a child with clubfeet
Monica & Zachary, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Ours names are Shellie and Tony Wornell.We just had a ultrasound at my wife`s 7 month stage. While having the ultrasound it was pointed out to us that our baby boy has clubfeet. After the shock wore off, I got upset with the fact that last ultrasoud we had know one caught this! Considering our ages, we thought we were lucky to have a heatlhy baby with no problems until yesterday. I guess i’m frusterated because we were told we had a big healthy baby up to this point. We were just going in for a updated ultrasound to measure the baby. So today i’m reeling abit trying to get as much info as possible about this conditon. This site as been a help . Thanks
Tony, Seattle / USA
my son Brady recently had surgery on both his feet. After 6 weeks of casting his feet look great. He is now wearing the denis brown splint. We are all trying to get used to them. My husband and I are having a hard time getting Brady to keep them on. Does anybody have any suggestions? we would really appreciate any advice. Thanks
Stacey, North Bay Ontario
I love this site thank you so much for making it! Evan is a little cutie pie. I vistied the site due to the fact that in March of 2000 my son D’Angelo was born with Bi-lateral clubfeet and we were BLESSED enough to get into a GREAT surgeon by the name of Dr. Jeffery Farber, Iowa Orthapaedic Centers. He was a student of Dr. Ponseti at the University of Iowa, so we had been sent a true gaurdian angel in the form of a Dr.! D’Angelo is now 2 and a half and is as vibrant and beautiful and FAST as any of his 2 and 3 year old friends. Again thank you so much for creating this site, wish I could have been fortunate enough to have a site like this around to help me with my decisions concerning D’angelo Thanks and God Bless You!
Sarah Schumacher, Fort Dodge,IA ,USA
HELLO,MY NAME IS SEKITA.IM A 21 YEAR OLD WITH ONE CLUBFOOT.AT FIRST I WAS EMBARASSED BY IT,BECAUSE MY RIGHT LEG AND FOOT ARE SMALLER THAN MY LEFT. BUT AS I GOT OLDRER,MY MIND STARTED CHANGING.I DONT CARE WHAT PEOPLE THINK ABOUT ME.AND THEY REALLY DONT CARE ABOUT WHAT I HAVE, BECAUSE THEY STILL LOVE ME FOR ME.SO TO ANYBODY WHO IS EMBARASSED ABOUT IT,THERE AINT NO NEED TO BE EMBARASSED, BECAUSE IF THEY TALK ABOUT YOU AND WHAT YOU HAVE,THAN THEY ARE THE LOWEST PEOPLE ON EARTH.
Our child is 18 days old and had his first cast put on today. Are there other resources you could recommend? I thank you and Evan for this Web site,
we are in the midst of adjusting to learning about our baby’s condition today and I found your site a great comfort.
Matthew, Toronto, Ontario
My son was diagnosed with bi-lateral clubfoot when he was still inside me.
I didn’t think I was recieving adequate treatmen t where I live and I was fortunate enough to be recommended to Sick Kids. My son is now a year old and he has come a long way and his feet look alot better. Thank you Sick Kids for helping my son and making me realize I wasn’t the only one with a child who has this condition.
this was areally great site. I was able to get more information on what to excpect when my son has his clubfoot surgery Nov.18
I had club feet when I was born over 40 years ago my daughter who is 16 yrs. is now doing a project for school on the condition
MY SON DANIEL WAS BORN ON MAY 7,2002 WITH CLUBFOOT. MY HUSBAND AND I HAD NEVER EVEN HEARD OF SUCH A THING SO,WHEN WE WERE GIVEN THE NEWS AT MY FIVE MONTH ULTRASOUND APPT. IT WAS QUITE A SHOCK. WE WERE REFERRED TO CENTRAL VALLEY CHILDRENS HOSPITAL FOR A SECOND OPINION AND IT WAS CONFIRMED THAT BOTH FEET WERE CLUBBED. A WEEK AFTER DANIEL WAS BORN THE ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON BEGAN CASTING BOTH FEET. AFTER ABOUT TWO MONTHS OF BI-WEEKLY CASTING DANIEL BEGAN KICKING OFF ALL OF HIS CASTS. AFTER ABOUT SIX MORE SETS OF CASTS, INCLUDING LONG LEG CASTS, THE DOCTOR DESIDED TO STOP CASTING UNTIL SIX MONTHS OF AGE AT WICH TIME HE WOULD SCHEDULE SURGERY. WELL TOMORROW IS THE DAY THAT WE GO IN FOR X-RAYS AND GET A MORE DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF WHAT IS INVOLVED IN THE SURGERY. I BELIEVE THAT HE WILL BE CUTTING THE TENDONS BEHIND EACH LEG TO GIVE LEVERAGE TO THE ANKLES AND THEN RECASTING. THIS TIME HAS COME MUCH TO QUICKLY AND I AM VERY SCARED OF WHAT LIES AHEAD. IF ANYONE HAS ANY ADVICE FOR US PLEASE E-MAIL ME!!
Irene, Your fear is probably about “normality’. The greatest gift you can give him is to treat him normally, like everybody else and he will find his way. I concede you will worry, fear for him and be sad about pain or such that he might have to endure but, frankly, there’s plenty of kids in a way worse position than his.
My son, Jonah, was born with the condition in May of 2000 and has had the surgery. He is doing remarkably well. My husband was also born with bilateral club feet, and his mother with one club foot. Both orthopaedic doctors assured us
that it is not usually hereditary but the doctor that performed Jonah’s surgery finally admitted that in our case, it probably was. Jonah’s older sister was born without the condition, as was both of my husband’s sisters and their children. I am sorry that it has taken us so long to get hooked up to the net so I could research this more extensively. I am so glad I’ve found this and welcome anyone who wants to email with questions and/or comments!
Thank you so much!
After 12 years of marriage we were blessed with the most beautiful baby girl, Janine(d.o.b. 22 March 2001). She was born with severe clubfeet. The left foot was tighter than the right one. When the orthopedic visit me in the hospital and explained the condition(it was the first time I had ever heard or seen something like that), I realize that I have a lot
to be thankful for, because this is something that can be treated. Janine was placed in cast when she was two days old. It was replaced ever two weeks. She loves water, so the night before her visit to the orthopedic it was our special time together. After six months it was clear that she needed surgery. Now she was wearing AFO’S. For the whole six months we went to the orthopedic, she was the only child with clubfeet. In November 2001 we took her to a orthopedic in Cape Town (Dr. Jimmy Wade). He is such a great man and I think one of the best in South Africa. On the 24 November 2001 Janine went into surgery(both feet) for three hours. After the one foot was done, the doctor let us know that it was a success. She was wearing the cast for two weeks, was changed again under surgery. She wears that cast for six
weeks. Dr. Wade told us that he doesn’t think it is neccesary for further cast or AFO’s. We returned back to Upington. The casts and pins were removed on the 17 January 2002. Thank God, no more treatment and her feet look wonderful!
My 13 year-old niece (on my wife’s side of the family) has a case of what I believe to be clubfoot, that also affects her arm. She currently resides in Indonesia and I am attempting to bring her to the USA for treatment. My niece’s conditon is severe and just recently she has been getting a lazy/crossed eye on the same side as her foot and arm conditon. If anyone has heard of eye disorders being connected to clubfoot, if would be helpful info. I have not been able to get her properly diagnosed due to the distance between us and am not even certain of the exact name of her condition. But the information that I have gleaned off the internet, etc. thus far supports my belief that it is clubfoot and I am optimistic that she can be helped. Any information, advice, words of inspiration, connections, etc. will be received with the utmost gratitude.
I AM A 38 YEAR OLD ADULT MALE THAT, AS THE RESULT OF SEVERAL SURGERIES, CASTS, BRACES AND CORRECTIVE SHOES AS A CHILD, NOW LIVES A NORMAL LIFE. I AM MARRIED AND HAVE TWO UNAFFLICTED (THANK GOODNESS) CHILDREN. I HAVE NOTICED CERTAIN “THINGS” HAPPENING AS I HAVE GOTTEN OLDER. ONE, I HAVE NEVER BEEN ABLE TO MOVE MY 4 SMALL TOES AT ALL, EVER. AS A RESULT, THEY ARE STARTING TO CROWD TOGETHER INTO HAMMERTOES. TWO, AT 15 YRS OLD, I DEVELOPED TWO SMALL LUMPS NEAR THE FRONT OF EACH CALF, IN THE MIDDLE OF EACH CALF, THE SAME PLACE ON EACH, AND THREE, I HAVE RECENTLY DEVELOPED OSTEOARTHRITIS IN MY RIGHT KNEE. I MENTION THESE THINGS IN THE HOPE THAT IF SOMEONE ELSE IS EXPERIENCING SOMETHING SIMILAR, THEY MIGHT SEND ME AN E-MAIL TO SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCES. THANK YOU.
What an amazing web page. I know when my son Alex was born
8 1/2 yrs ago, I had no information except what my doctors at Kaiser Permanente had told me. Alex would not walk, and no surgery could be performed to correct the webbing on his left hand. Shriners Hospital in San Francisco proved Kaiser wrong by doing surgery at 4 months, and Alex walked before he was one year old. I would give every dime to Shriners – they have truly changed our lives. Thank you for this web site, it is an
inspiration to all who have been affected by these conditions.
Hello, I want to thank you for this site it definately is an inspiration for the future of my son. Dean Anthony was born Feb. 13, 2001…He just turned 15 months. He was born with 3 fingers webbed together on 1 hand and 3 fingers were amputated on the other hand….he had a band around his ankle and we thank god he was born 6 1/2 weeks early or the doctors said he would have also lost his foot….He was also born with severe bi-lateral clubfeet….he was casted when he as 2 days old….He too went through several surgeries….7 to be exact before he turned 1….He might possibly need some more with the clubfeet and possibly some more on his hand…..In December of this year right before his 1’st Christmas the doctors found a tumor in 1 of his testicles…they removed the testicle and told me it was a germ cell tumor…This was cancerous….Thank God they feel they got it all…His blood levels went back to normal and they will take his blood every 3 months to make sure he is ok….My son is the most amazing child ….He is so active..I remember when he was first born I didn’t know what he would or would not be able to do….but I believe he will be like Evan….I know he will be fine…His personality is beautiful…He is so loving and happy and outgoing…When he is old enough I will have him read Evan’s story ….and hopefully learn from it…I know I have….God Bless you Evan and your family…You are so handsome….and strong. I pray my son will be just like you….Danielle Mauro
I have a 3month old son and he is my joy to life. Thanks for this web site.
Bengiman was seen and treated by the Ponseti Method by Dr. Ponseti in Iowa City, Iowa, USA
Finally I have found a place where what has happened with my 9 year old son is close to home. He also has been treated at Sick Kids by Dr. Wright – just like Evan.
Thank you for sharing your story, I needed that. Not too many people know or understand my concerns for my daughter, not even the Doctors. Only someone who has gone through it can know the pain and anguish we go through. I would like to correspond with others who understand or that need some form of support. My daughter is a beautiful 12 year old tween and she is very confident. She understands and accepts her condition much more than I do and is a strength and support to me. She truly many times is my hero.
Our fourth child was born with bilateral clubfeet,quite serious, almost 12 years ago. I remember being first relieved that her problem was not life threatening, but then worrying that she might have been destined to be a dancer… She had surgery at 18 months and had good physical results, though the trauma of surgery and hospitalization stayed with her (and us) for some time. Today she is a dancer and a confident, happy girl. I so wish I had this kind of resource to go to when she was a baby – if I can be of any help please feel free to email me.
I have 2 daughters both with two clubfeet. Just looking for ways to help other parents.
Pls Andra at what age did ur daughters walk? My daughter has club feet, she is 14 months but not walking yet?
I wish this information was available 14 years ago when my son was born with ABS and one clubfoot. Even geneticists couldn’t give me this much info. I empathize with you. My son Alex went through the surgeries, casts, etc………
My son David was born with bilateral clubfeet and a disease called arthrogryposis from the knees down. We are looking for friends who can chat and understand what we are going thru. David just turned 10.
In looking for something else I came across your Web site and thought I might give some encouragement to some of the parents. 41+ years ago I was borm with a Clubfoot and taken to the Shriners Hospital for their new treatment of using cast and splints. At the time they had no idea how long this “fix” would last. I was one of the first they tried this on — and now 41+
years later, all is well. I wear special orthodics in my shoes to keep my ankle from turing out, but overall things are better than they predicted at my birth. Hopefully this will ease some fears or perhaps help you start a Follow-up section. (I also have Constricton band syndrome with several missing fingers and toes along with other defects of the fingers and toes — that has turned out OK too — teen years were hard but adulthood is good. And in retrospect, I’ve learned a lot of compassion for others through growing up “different”.
When my son was born in June of 1999, I knew nothing of clubfoot. How surprised I was that he was born with the condition. This website, and many like it are a blessing. It was really nice to know that I was not the only one going
through these things!
Hi, I just wanted to visit and see what you have done with your site. You have done a wonderful job. Thanks for including Tanner. Wishing you and your family many blessings.
You’re doing a great job of informing people… Thanks for caring enough to share your information with the world.
My seven week old daughter has talipes in her right foot. She was induced
prior to full gestation due to growth retardation and also a reduced amount
of amniotic fluid. The information provided has been very useful.
I’m 17 and 7 months pregnant with my first child. I’m really happy to have found your Web site and I shall now ask my doctor if he is able to do the Ponseti treatment. Until my baby is born I won’t know the severity of his little feet or even if they are severe at all, but I am quite content about his (whoops, or her) feet being totally correctable. Thanks for the info…….
I’m so glad you’re accepting and positive. I’m sure procedures have improved a lot since I was born with severe bilateral clubfeet 71 yrs. Ago. I was fortunate to have a very skilled young surgeon who enabled me to walk wearing regular shoes by age 14. My feet faced my face. I had 12-14 surgeries, a bar at night between my feet as a toddler, adapted regular shies (ex. Steel bar in sole). I wasn’t & am not in pain” I notice I’m walking on the side of my L foot at this age. I’m very fortunate. At that time, I had surgeries & casts. It seems from what I read that the Ponsetti method doesn’t last into adulthood. I’d be cautious. My advice is let your child be like any other, do whatever s/he wants to attempt, find out what works. I wore dresses for hrs. Now, I wear pants. I was far less conscious as a child than I am now. Don’t hold back on the term, what was done. Each of my surgeries was just another step to the final one at 12. I was never teased, questioned until adults question me in my 50s! My students didn’T for most of 37 yrs. My problem was feeling I blended in, was as normal as possible. At 12, I naively thought fixed meant normal. I never spoke about my feet. I wasn’t told not to, I just knew it was private family business. Don’t be like me. I opened up at age 69! Help your child feel good about her/himself as I did as a child. You are so young with much to handle, good luck.
Great Web site, Evan’s Mom. You did a great job. I too have son with ABS, he will be a year old on Oct 31/2001. He has just started to have corrective surgery on his club foot. The doctors recommended us waiting on his hands until he is around 2 years of age. So that is where we are right now. Dylan’s personality is what keeps me going he is so content and happy always. Thanks for a wonderful Web site, it was enjoyable to read and hear about Evan. Hopefully everything continues to go well for you and your family.
It’s great to be able to sit and read a Web site like this. I have 4 children 3 were born with severe bilateral clubfoot. Our youngest being 8wks. My partner and I are old hands at it now travelling to hospital, soaking the plasters off etc. I am So pleased that I stumbled on to this site. Our 2nd child was born ’98’ but he was our first with clubfoot we could not find any information regarding his condition.
Just wanted to say I thought your web site was great. I had a son born in May 1993 with bilateral club foot and I wish all of this info was as readilly available then as it is now. Keep up the good work!!
What a great webpage – I also had bilateral club feet and corrective surgery at the age of 6 months in 1980. Good luck and keep up the good work!
Thank you for sharing the site – it’s now linked in Clubfoot.co.uk
You’ve done a great job here. Thanks for sharing it with me.
I learned of your web site via firstname.lastname@example.org. It looks great!!!
Andrea & Alexa
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