Archie Barker, 13, will be tossing the coin to decide whether Serena Williams or Agnieszka Radwanska will be serving first at Wimbledon. Barker, who was born with clubfoot, had to learn how to walk with a cast before his operation took place at age seven. “Tossing the coin before the final is like a dream come true,” states Archie.

Podiatrists like Dr. James Ricketti at his practice can help find solutions for those who have clubfoot or need medical attention regarding foot and ankle care.

Clubfoot in Newborns

Clubfoot is a congenital disorder that can occur in 1 of 1,000 births per year. There are different causes for clubfoot; usually they occur as a result of genetics and pregnancy related complications, such as the position of the baby’s food in the womb or an overall disorder of the connective tissues during pregnancy. The abnormalities can be recognized during ultrasounds as early as the 20th week of pregnancy.

Treatment for Clubfoot

- Treatment involves reshaping the foot through surgery.
- Feet are moved into their correct position and placed into casts to ensure that it adjusts.
- Follow ups are necessary to stretch and re-cast the feet, and typically are done for 5-10 weeks as needed.

Non-Surgical Treatment

- Botox can be injected into the calf and weaken the Achilles tendon which allows the ankle to go back into a normal position.

After effects

Children who undergo treatment have not shown any further issues with their feet. Children born with a clubfoot should be able to walk, run, play sports, and wear normal shoes as they grow. Popular athletes who have overcome their childhood clubfeet include Kristi Yamaguchi, Mia Hamm, and Troy Aikman. There is always hope to overcome this condition with the right treatment.

If you have any questions, please our office which is located Hamilton, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot complications.

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