Bilateral Club feet

Samantha - posted on 11/12/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My 8 month old was born with the club feet (both) and they did the cast and then the heel cord release, Now shes in the boots and bar most of the time. I feel bad for her, but her legs are very strong. My question is: Does a baby with club feet, develope slower as far as scooting, crawling, rocking on all 4's and even walking. I know my first daughter started scooting at 6 and a half month and crawling at 7. My 8 month old barely even rocks on to all 4s. We were talking about this at her daycare, and we are seeing the doctor tomorrow but i wanted to know what experience others have. Another thing is it normal for a baby to basically do the splits and be able to lay down between her legs a sleep. (Sometimes she does it and screams, ill fix her legs, she spreads them again and then plays or sleeps)

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Karen - posted on 11/13/2009

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We were told by Dr Ponseti that when clubfoot is treated with his method (casts, tenotomy and the boots) it does not affect milestones. In fact the boots can act as a balance and support for sitting! Our son crawled at 9 months and cruised for a long time, he wasn't keen on walking, he only really walked on his own at 15-16 months. Apparently anything up to 18 months for walking is considered normal. It really does depend on the child, often a sibling without clubfoot will be later on milestones.

Seonead - posted on 11/12/2009

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my son was a little slower in doing all gross motor skills. the biggest thing is when she is 15months old and not walking talk to your pediatrician. you may need early intervention for that little extra push. evan had it just as he came out of the casts (for other reasons as well) but his therapist helped tremendously in getting him back on track gross motor wise. if you have any concerns talk with the pediatrician about what they should be doing. your daughter's legs are just getting used to not being confined by the casts and figuring out what she has to do. help her facilitate rocking and go thru the motions with her so she feels how it is supposed to be. she will pick it up when she is ready. dont be afraid to ask the dr. about early intervention. if she qualifies for it, there is no big financial burden on you and they work around your schedule. i had a great experience with them.

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