Congenital Defects of the Feet


Congenital foot deformities can include a wide array of conditions that can affect the bones and muscles of a child’s foot. The deformities usually do not need surgical intervention; however, the end result that they can produce may require significant treatment.

Common congenital defects:

  • Cleft feet - impairs the appearance and function of the feet because the middle toes have an overly wide and web like separation that can cause significant complications. Moreover, there could be additional toes present in a cleft foot.
  • Clubfoot - this happens when a baby’s feet are twisted, point down and towards each other. It is more predominant in boys and can hinder long-term mobility when left untreated.

If your child doesn’t feel the pain from congenital feet issues, they may have far worse consequences arising from it in the future if left without treatment.

Treatment for this condition includes:

  • It is important to pay close attention to protecting the stability of the foot’s structure. This could require surgical procedures that reposition bones or the use of casts. The outcome of these procedures is largely contingent on whether the deformity is repaired and if the new alignment corrects the initial problems.
  • When there are additional toes, surgical procedures may necessitate the removal of them.  
  • Participate in physical therapy that focuses on stretching and targeted exercise. This type of activity can help to strengthen the tendons and muscles in the feet so that deformities may be corrected over time without the need for surgical intervention.

Here at the Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston, our team can help to provide the care your baby needs to overcome their congenital feet issues! If you’re ready to get your child’s feet ready for the future, contact us to make an appointment today. We have four offices conveniently located in Northwest Houston, Northeast Houston, Tomball, Liberty Dayton, The Woodlands and Atascocita, TX. We look forward to providing quality foot care to your family!