The earlier clubfoot (talipes equinovarus) is treated, the better. This has been known for years, but it was impossible to treat newborn infants because of technical difficulties. Orthopedic treatment was delayed until the baby was 3 months old, when correction could be held by means of a plaster of paris cast. A technic that makes immediate treatment possible is desirable. Repeated manipulation by the parents is not dependable, and repeated manipulation by the physician cannot be carried out frequently enough to be of much value. Manipulation in itself is not sufficient in any case; there must be retention of the correction that is obtained. The size of the foot has made this a problem. The plaster technic is extremely difficult and is generally considered impossible until the infant is 3 months old. Another disadvantage of the cast is that it interferes with development of the foot and leg, resulting in
HAUSER EDW. COHESIVE BANDAGE FOR CLUBFOOT IN NEWBORN INFANTS. JAMA. 1948;138(1):19–22. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900010021007
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