Late recurrence of clubfoot deformity: A 45-year followup

Matthew B. Dobbs, Carey L. Corley, Jose A. Morcuende, Ignacio V. Ponseti

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Idiopathic clubfoot is one of the most common congenital deformities. Regardless of the mode of treatment, clubfoot has a tendency to relapse until the age of 5 years. Relapses are rare in patients after 5 years of age. A 45-year followup of a patient with idiopathic clubfoot treated as a newborn with the Ponseti method is reported. The patient had both clubfeet well-corrected as seen clinically and radiographically with this method. However, recurrent deformities developed bilaterally when the patient was 8 years old. Because of the late recurrence of this deformity, the patient had a thorough neurologic evaluation, which was normal. Treating physicians should be aware of the possibility of late recurrence in patients who have had complete correction of their clubfoot deformity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)188-192
Number of pages5
JournalClinical orthopaedics and related research
Issue number411
StatePublished - Jun 1 2003

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