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  1. How is the kiddo these days? Our brand new grand daughter has positional club foot. But still perfect 🙂

  2. Hi I’m told my baby might have. A club foot they can’t see on the ultrasound and wanted to do another one but I told them no. If it will have one we’ll deal with it then . For now we’re praying n keeping the faith n believing that God will help us handle whatever he is bestowing on us. God bless all u moms ?

    1. A 2021 update!

      My son is now 6 years old! Wow that flew by! He runs and plays just like any other normal child! He still has a little bend to his foot but he was released from the physical therapy and boots 2 years ago!

      For anyone who is scared or nervous about your own journey with this, please know: your child will quickly adapt. As far as my son knows-he isn’t different at all. Be strong! You were perfectly created for this!

      Best of luck!

  3. Hi Lauren,

    I just received my ultrasound scanning report on my baby and doctor’s comments are he may be having clubfoot. I just want to know how is your baby doing now after the treatment. 🙂 Glad you shared your story on clubfoot.

  4. I’m a emotional wreck myself. My son has his first appointment where they will basically do a consultation about what looks to most definitely be clubfeet .one looks worse then the other but both turn inward. I’m trying to stay calm but can’t help but cry uncontrollably,hormones are making it worse!!But I really am a mess because the word spina bifida scares me to death. I also had a toothache and had X-rays at 4 months and was kind of thinking that’s what caused this. Me nor his father or any family members have clubfeet. I also had never heard of it till our baby boy was born 2 weeks ago.

    1. Hi Jessica. I know how you feel and its not easy at all. My son is currently 2 weeks old and Iam still so emotional. If you ever need someome to talk to Iam here.

  5. Thank-you for sharing
    I just recently found out at 19+5 weeks found out my baby has a club foot but my ob is doing another ultrasound to confirm.
    I’m nervous & scared for my son
    Your baby is absolutely beautiful and it brings so much hope to me.

  6. Hi Lauren,
    I have 8 month old twin boys and one of them was born with positional club feet, one foot being more severe than the other. It came as quite a surprise considering I had quite a few more ultrasounds than a singleton pregnancy would have. It was never mentioned or noticed by the US Techs. I’d be happy too share with you what we’ve done from about 8 weeks old until even now to correct it. I have lots of pictures too! I added in my email to post this comment so hopefully you have access to it if you’d like to ask me anything about our experience.

    1. Hi Kristen!
      I would love to hear your story! I will send you a personal email soon 🙂 Thanks!

    2. Kristen, I see that your post was from 2 years ago and I would love to know your experince so far. My son, 2 weeks old, was born with right clubfoot. He is currently on his second cast.

  7. Hi, Lauren! My 2 1/2 year-old son was born with a left clubfoot. I found out about his clubfoot when I was 18 weeks pregnant during the ultrasound. I remember being totally caught off guard, confused, nervous, scared, overwhelmed, etc. It allowed me the time to do tons of research and learn more about the Ponseti method…I even met with the orthopedic surgeon before my son was born to discuss the treatment plan. Within the first week of being born he had his first cast applied. I believe he had a total of seven casts (including the “holding” cast after the tenotomy.)He was around 3 months old, if I remember correctly when he had that procedure done in the hospital. After that we went through the regular 23 hrs a day brace-wear and now he wears it still at naptime and nighttime. He has his foot check-up every 4-6 months at Phoenix Children’s Hospital with a Ponseti-certified doctor. We are keeping an eye on his foot–he might possibly need the ATTT procedure when he is 4-5 years old…only time will tell. I have talked via email with Dr. Morcuende in Iowa—I highly recommend him if you are ever seeking a second opinion. I hope to travel to Iowa to see him at least once, especially if my son does in fact need the ATTT procedure done.

    I see the threads on FB for babygizmo all the time and was surprised to see a post regarding clubfoot! There are some FB pages for clubfoot also–don’t know if you know about those. There’s a yahoo group as well.

    I’m sure you are doing well with it all since you are in the thick of it, but just wanted to reassure you that every little thing will be okay. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing your story.

    -Ashley Whalen

  8. My son was born with club foot I had no idea what it was and I was terrified that there was something wrong with my son. we found a great doctor in New York city. My son had casting and then got the shoes and bar. He is 3 years old and still wearing his shoes and bar to sleep. He doesn’t know any different and can’t fall asleep without them on. I think I’m more anxious for him to stop wearing them than he is.

  9. My daughter was born with unilateral congenital clubfoot. She went through 5 weeks of casting, a tenotomy, then her final cast for 3 weeks. She wore boots and bar for 4 months 23/7, and is now down to night time wear only. I will be honest, the first week of boots and bar was miserable for everyone, but it does get easier, and she now sleeps better with them on, believe it or not! We have chosen to travel to St. Louis, MO so that she can be seen by one of the (2) top clubfoot doctors in the country, Dr. Dobbs (creator of one of the 2 types of bars).

    Thank you for highlighting clubfoot, as many people do not know what it is, and awareness is a wonderful thing. I just wanted to say two things, first, surgery (aside from a tenotomy) should very very rarely be done for clubfoot. The Ponseti method (what you’ve described, with serial casting, then bracing) is the highly preferred method of treating clubfoot these days, and surgery can truly hinder things for the child in the future (mostly pain wise). I also just want to point out that sometimes clubfoot is not simply positional, but congenital (typically more severe cases, with less flexibility of the foot and requiring a bit more treatment). Even in these cases, it is most often nothing the mother did “wrong”, but just something that happened during development.

    Finally, and I’m probably being over-sensitive here, but I truly dislike the term “deformity”. I choose to use “anomaly”, simply because I don’t feel my daughter was born “deformed”.

    1. Hello! Thank you for commenting, I love hearing stories. I also don’t like the term “deformity” and CRINGE when the doctors use it. In this post, I used it mainly because I didn’t have another word for it. Thank you for giving me one. We don’t call it a deformity by any means, we always just say “his foot was positioned differently.” I’m glad I’m not the only one to think that it is a harsh term, I don’t think anyone would choose to use that word for their own child. I’m very happy to hear that your daughter is doing so well! (And also thank you for letting me know the first week is hard!)

  10. Don’t worry, he’ll be fine! I found out my baby had bilateral club foot (both feet) at our 18.5 week ultrasound, which was also when we found out it was a boy. We never heard of clubfoot before this. No family history of anyone with Clubfoot. I cried of course. We did lots of research and had another ultrasound a couple weeks later because they couldn’t see the end of his spine which was important with babies who have clubfoot. The ultrasound tech still didnt see it because baby would not move but assured my husband and I that he was ok besides the clubfeet. He did not have spina bifida because his brain and heart was developed normally. *whew!*

    We prepared ourselves for the little miracle that God has given us with lots of research and had a plan. My son Ozias decided to come early at 35.5 weeks. He was in the NICU for 15 days and we went to see Dr. Yassir at the Detroit Children’s Hospital at 17days old. He got his first casts and was replaced every week. He went through 3 casts then had a tenotomy (minor surgery) which was done in the office. We were present so it was heartbreaking to see and hear him cry when it all happened. He was put on his 4th and last cast for 3 weeks straight. After that, he moved into boots and bar by 2 months old. He wore the boots and bar for 23 hours/day for 3 months then slowly went down to now 12 hours a day.

    My son Ozias will be 2 years old tomorrow! He crawled at 8.5 months, and walked on his own a week after his 1st birthday. He’s a very smart and handful toddler. If you saw him, you wouldn’t even know he was born with bilateral clubfoot. Babies adapt very well and fast so don’t worry too much! Blessed that God has trusted my husband and I to take care of this little miracle boy. 😉

    1. Thank you so much for sharing your story! We are hoping we don’t have to do the surgery as well. I love the name Ozias 🙂 I will be doing an update post in a couple of weeks so keep your eye out for our progress! So glad to hear such great news!

  11. I also have a baby that was born with positional club foot!! At 18 weeks we went in for a ultra sound where all the nurse said was “excuse me while I go get the Dr…it appears the baby may have a deformity. I of course was nearing histarics thinking the worse. The Dr came in reviewed the ultra sound and finally told me she had a positional club foot. Which was quit the relief after the millions of possibilities that went through mind. I then was told I needed to schedule another more in depth ultrasound to ensure nothing else was going on. Thank goodness everything looked wonderful!! My daughter was born at exactly 40 weeks and we were referred immediately to a orthopedic surgeon. At just 10 days old she had her 1st cast. After a few months of casting we were given the shoes with the bars that she had to wear 22 out of 24 hours a day (she hated them with a passion). We went quit awhile with the boot with some improvement but when her Dr told me she may never walk and was not a good canidate for surgery I decided it was time for a 2nd opinion. We took her to a new orthopedic surgeon who looked at her foot once and said she was a great canidate for the surgery. At 9 months old she had what was less than a minute surgery, and was once again placed in a cast. After the cast was removed we were given a “boot” ….it held her foot in the correct position with out the restraint of the bar. It was a rough road mentally (though I thank god everyday it was not worse)…. Between being told she would never walk and being told by a Dr this was my fault as my womb did not grow enough (could ypu imagine being told this all while batteling PPD!!??) It was mentally draining at times. But I am proud to say she is now a happy, healthy, thriving 2 year old who runs around like crazy with her siblings. No more boot, no more casts, she is doing absolutely wonderful. Besides her left foot being smaller than her right you would never even know what she went through.

    1. Wow! I cannot believe you were told it was your fault! What a horrible experience! I’m glad that she is perfect though! 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing your story! I would have gotten a second opinion as well! I hope you never have to deal with that doctor again!

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