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By Clark Podiatry Center
January 16, 2019

Congratulations! You have a little one on the way, and so you might be wondering all about how to care for him or her. There’s a lot to consider, like feeding, bathing, sleeping, swaddling, and of course, changing diapers. Getting all of those things figured out is not easy, and your mind might be swirling.

Just take one thing at a time, and you’ll be just fine!

Right after your baby is born, one of the first things you might want to do is to count the fingers and toes, to make sure you’ve got 10 of each. Your doctor will do the same to make sure the baby has no major problems. Just so that you are aware, after the exhaustion of giving birth, your care team will examine the following about your newborn’s feet:

  • Count the toes – Sometimes, babies can be born with 6 toes on one or both of the feet called polydactyly. Don’t worry though it can be easily treated by a simple surgical removal from the foot. Then, the child’s foot/feet will begin to develop normally, with 5 toes.
  • Check the toes – Some children can be born with webbed toes. They can be surgically corrected during infancy, or if there are no developmental problems, can be left alone.
  • Tickle the feet – The doctor will tickle the feet to make sure the nerves are functioning properly. When the feet are tickled, they should play.
  • Check the shape of the feet – If the feet and toes seem to point forward, the baby will likely have normal development. However, if the foot has more of a “C” shape, this is called metatarsus adductus. It can cause pigeon-toeing and difficulty fitting into shoes properly, depending on the severity of the deformity. Stretching and plastering starting from infancy will help correct the shape.
  • Check the angle of the feet – Depending on genetics or how much room the baby has in the womb, the feet can look like they are turned inward. With this condition, called clubfoot, the outer part and front part of the ankle is overstretched. Don’t worry too much though. Treatment can begin right after birth, while the bones are still soft. Doctors will stretch and cast the foot so that it develops more and more toward the proper position. Special orthotics can be used when the baby starts to walk in order to keep the position correct.
  • Check the ankles, knees, and hips – This is to ensure that their legs are not dislocated during the birthing process. Dislocation can cause the baby severe discomfort and abnormal development.

If your baby was born with normal feet, that’s great news! But if you’ve been informed about foot problems from birth, don’t worry, we can help! After initial care at the hospital, continued care can be sought at our office. Come see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy at New Jersey Children's Foot Health Institute of Clark Podiatry Center. He can assess your feet, and find the best treatment for your baby’s foot needs. Make an appointment at our Clark, NJ office so we can keep you walking.

 

By Clark Podiatry Center
May 11, 2017

While not very common, babies can have birth defects related to the feet. Many of them can be due to developmental issues, but others can have hereditary factors that cause the problem. When infants’ feet show to have rigid in-toeing, it’s likely that they have what’s called metatarsus adductus. This occurs when the bones in the front half of the foot curve in toward the big toe. About half of the babies have this issue in both feet.

Possible Causes

The infant’s position in the womb can affect the whether or not he or she is born with a problem. It can depend on a few things, like a family history, baby’s position during birth (breech position), or if the mother did not produce enough amniotic fluid during pregnancy.

Treatment

Most times, treatment is not necessary for this problem if the curve is not severe. The problem can fix itself as children use their feet. However, when the case is not as mild but the feet are still flexible, treatment with a cast or special shoes may start when the child is 6 to 9 months old to straighten the foot. For severe cases, surgery may be required, but will be delayed until the child is between 4-6 years old.

Regardless of the treatment required, children will still be able to use their feet. The only problem might be deformity and developmental problems, including ankle or knee pain. Long-term effects can include developmental dislocation of the hip, where the thigh bone can slip out of the hip socket.

Does your baby have curved feet? Make an appointment today at Clark Podiatry Center. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy will assess your child’s feet to find the best treatment, if any is required. We are located in Clark, NJ and serve patients in all the surrounding Union County towns!



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