Cavovarus Foot Deformity

A cavovarus foot deformity usually appears during childhood. The arch is very high and the heel slants inward. Both feet are often affected and the misalignment gradually worsens over time. Pain, calluses, ankle sprains and stress fractures are all common results of cavovarus foot deformity. The condition may be a sign of a neurological disorder or Charcot-Marie Tooth disease, both of which can affect the nerves and weaken the muscles of the feet.

Initially, if the cavovarus foot deformity is mild, the recommended treatment is typically orthotics to redistribute weight and pressure on the foot. However, most cases of cavovarus foot deformity eventually require surgical correction. The surgical technique chosen varies depending on the severity of the case and the age of the child, but often an osteotomy is performed to reposition the bones of the foot and realign the tendons and ligaments.

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