Betsy Miller has written an informative book specifically for parents which explains clubfoot in easy to understand terms. The book is quite in-depth and covers a wealth of information. In it you will learn about clubfoot, the process of treating clubfoot -from initial diagnosis to ongoing at-home treatment – and even how to help your child cope with the diagnosis. What I like about Betsy’s book is that she is extraordinarily thorough. Knowing all current medical and treatment information removes the spectre of second-guessing. Betsy talks about treatment for babies, treatment for older children, sleeping issues, coping with braces and more. She also inserts individual success stories to make the book more personal. This guide is a valuable tool for any parent who has a baby or child with clubfoot.
The following is a blurb based on Betsy’s book.
Clubfoot, also called talipes equinovarus (TEV) or congenital talipes equinovarus (CTEV), is a disorder that affects the foot and calf muscles.
The foot tilts sideways and turns inward, and the heel is up high. The foot stays in this position unless it is treated. With clubfoot, many small bones in the middle of the foot (tarsal bones) are in the wrong position. Clubfoot affects the tendons and ligaments in the foot and calf, as well as the calf muscle. Clubfoot can occur in both feet or in only one foot. In most cases, when clubfoot occurs, the reason is not known, though it does run in some families. Studies have reported the incidence of clubfoot as 1 in 800 or 1 in 1,000. It is more common in certain populations.
Clubfoot develops before a baby is born and can sometimes be seen in ultrasound during the mother’s pregnancy. A clubfoot … Read more