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Tender Steps: Physiotherapy to Manage Clubbed Feet in Babies

Clubbed feet, an infant foot condition characterized by inward or downward positioning of the baby's feet, can be distressing for both the infant and parents. Thankfully, physiotherapy offers gentle and effective interventions to address this condition. As starting treatment early allows for optimal correction and prevents further complications as the baby grows, clubbed feet therapy often begins shortly after birth.

Treatment for clubbed feet commonly involves the following:

Stretching Exercises

Gentle stretching exercises help to lengthen the tight neck muscles and improve range of motion.

Gentle manipulation

Physiotherapists use gentle manipulation techniques to gradually guide the baby's foot into a natural resting position. This may involve stretching tight muscles and tendons to improve flexibility and alignment.

Parental education

Parents play a crucial role in their baby's treatment journey. Physiotherapists educate parents on how to perform stretching exercises and provide care for their baby's feet at home. This empowers parents to actively participate in their baby's treatment and support their progress.

Monitoring and follow-up

Regular monitoring and follow-up appointments with the physiotherapist are essential to track progress and make any necessary adjustments to the treatment plan. This ensures that clubbed feet do not impair baby's development and that any issues are addressed promptly.

With timely clubbed feet treatment, parents can help their little ones take their first steps with confidence. If you suspect your baby has clubbed feet, our physiotherapists can evaluate and provide guidance on appropriate management. Early intervention, gentle techniques, and parental involvement are paramount for achieving successful treatment outcomes.


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