Foot disorders are common in children with cerebral palsy, particularly equinus deformities, also called plantar flexion deformities. In this condition, the foot points downwards. Equinus deformities include:
- Equinovarus, in which the foot points downwards and inwards.
- Equinovalgus deformity, in which the foot points downwards and outwards.
- Clubfoot may also be present in children with cerebral palsy.
How we can help — treatment options
Orthopaedic surgeons at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia may use the following to treat your child's cerebral palsy foot disorders.
- Surgical correction through heel-cord lengthening, tendon transfers or arthrodesis.
Usually short leg casting is necessary for several months after the surgery.
Foot bracing may also be useful. When our orthopaedic surgeons prescribe a brace for your child, our expert orthotists will create the customized brace.