Baby Feet

Baby Feet Deformation & Deformities
London Physiotherapy & Osteopathy treatment

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When baby is born, it is quite common for one foot or both feet to not be straight. However, it is important to differentiate between abnormality and deformity. The abnormalities are usually due to the bad positioning of baby’s foot in uterus and are easily improved with physiotherapy & osteopathy.

As the pregnancy advances, the baby sees his vital space decreasing; therefore his feet assume a comfortable position, which results in difficulty to move them in the opposite direction. This abnormality persists after delivery, because one of the muscles is retracted and the opposing muscle is stretched.

The most common abnormalities are the metatarsus adductus also called in toeing or pigeon toes (the front part of the foot is turned inwards), the calcaneovalgus (the foot bends sharply at the ankle so that the foot points upward and outward. In many cases, the top of the foot can touch the shinbone) and the reducible talipes equinovarus also called clubfoot (foot points downward and twists inward).

Abnormality responds well to physiotherapy & osteopathy and the feet soon return to the normal position.

Your physiotherapist will stretch the retracted muscle, will stimulate the stretched muscle by tickling the reflex zones and will make a small strapping for the foot to correct the position. The baby will keep the strapping between the sessions to train the foot to stay in a good position.

We use a special spray, which covers the sensitive skin with a film to protect it from the strapping.

The feet generally return to a good position after a few sessions.

The deformities of the foot are more difficult to correct as they are a non-reducible pathology and often correlate with neurological problems. The most common deformation is the congenital talipes equinovarus also called clubfoot (foot points downward and twists inward). The important differencebetween the two clubfeet is that the latter is non-flexible. The rehabilitation involves a close cooperation with the doctor because cast and surgery are often necessary. These deformations are rare andalthough the rehabilitation is complex, it is an important component of the recovery.

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